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Paramedic charged with fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs

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Robert Brazell (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Robert Brazell (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A paramedic who worked for an area EMS company is accused of illegally obtaining prescription medicine.

Columbia Police arrested 42-year-old Robert Allen Brazell and charged him with obtaining prescription drugs by fraud.

Investigators say earlier this month, Brazell approached a shopper in the parking lot of the Wal-mart on Bush River Road and asked her to pick up a prescription from the pharmacy for him. 

Police say the prescription was in someone else's name.  It was written for the drug Ativan, which is used to control anxiety.

Investigators say the woman picked up the prescription and was seen on store surveillance video giving it to Brazell.  Police say she will not be charged since she is considered a victim.

Brazell worked for Vital Care Emergency Medical Services, a private company that provides medical transportation throughout the region. A representative for the company said he was fired after his arrest. 

According to DHEC regulations, the charges that prevent certification of a person employed in emergency medical services include: felonies involving criminal sexual conduct, felonies involving physical or sexual abuse of children, elderly or vulnerable people, or a crime involving a victim who is a patient of a health care facility.

He is currently out of jail on bond.

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