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ALACHUA ‒ The City of Alachua Police Department (APD) arrested 37-year-old Matthew Eugene Houston of Jacksonville on Thursday, Sept. 9, as he attempted to obtain fake prescriptions.

The fraudulent prescriptions were faxed to the Alachua Publix Pharmacy the previous day with a provider’s name listed, who was confirmed not to work at UF Health Shands.

The prescriptions listed the patient as Steven Daniels of Alachua and included a date of birth, telephone number and address for the alleged patient. The prescriptions were for a codeine-based cough medicine and an antibiotic.

Houston is being charged with fraud and forgery and is being held in the Alachua County Jail under $60,000 bond. He also faces a charge for using a two-way communication device to facilitate a felony.

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