An Ama woman and former medical assistant at a children’s clinic was recently sentenced to 18 months in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to allegations she forged more than 140 prescriptions under a local pediatrician’s medical license.
Shallon Dunmiles was one of eight defendants sentenced for their part in the fraudulent prescription ring by a St. John the Baptist Parish judge, including Lashonda Melancon, Danyelle Tuco, Ebony Stewart, Andrea Stalks, Danielle Anderson, Wilfred Perrilloux and Cortez Williams.
Dunmiles and Melancon earned the most severe sentences. Melancon was sentenced to 12 months in prison. Both are to follow their prison sentences with three years of supervised release. Each woman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess and possession with the intent to distribute illicitly obtained prescription medications. Melancon allegedly helped Dunmiles distribute the prescriptions. The other six defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to acquire or obtain possession of prescription medication by forgery. Of those, Perrilloux was sentenced to 10 months in prison, while the remaining five earned three years of probation.
Dunmiles, 34, was arrested in spring of 2018 after detectives executed a search warrant at her residence and recovered a stolen prescription pad, among other items of evidence, according to the St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office said she allegedly used both the identities of children and several other case suspects to forge the fraudulent prescriptions, which were for several opiate-based medications including Promethazine with Codine, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone as well as other controlled medications like Vyvanse, Adderall and Lorazapam. She allegedly began writing the fraudulent prescriptions approximately a year ago.
Dunmiles worked for a private doctor at the Pediatrics Medical Clinic, according to St. John Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Angel Thompson. Thompson added it is not known how long she worked for the clinic.
St. John Parish executed a search warrant after coordinating with the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Bureau.
Detectives were able to arrest Williams and Perrilloux through surveillance conducted, according to the St. John Sheriff’s Office, which revealed they illegally obtained Promethazine with Codine. Other suspects were arrested following the search of Dunmiles’ residence and as the investigation continued.