CMPD charge officer with fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs

August 29, 2017 - 2:14 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police charged a fellow CMPD officer with obtaining prescription medicine fraulently.

CMPD announced Tuesday that Officer Jennifer Wolfe, 37, is charged with five counts of obtaining prescription painkillers by fraud. 

Police said she was arrested around 12:30 p.m.

"I am disappointed and saddened that one of our officers is being charged with this serious offense," Chief Kerr Putney said. 

"The men and women of this organization are regular people, who face the same challenges as the rest of our community," Putney added.

"Unfortunately, we are not immune from the growing opioid epidemic. We represent the law and must hold ourselves accountable when we violate it."

CMPD said they began an investigation Aug. 14, 2017, after being contacted by an employee of Danze Dentistry in Matthews.

The investigation revealed that Officer Wolfe had obtained fraudulent prescriptions for pain killers from an employee of the practice.

Wolfe, who is assigned to the Metro Division as a patrol officer, was placed on paid administrative at the start of the investigation.

CMPD said as of her arrest today, she is on unpaid administrative leave.

Matthews Police have also charged the dental practice employee, Roberta Porter, in the case.

Both the CMPD and Matthews Police are continuing their investigations.

Wolfe was hired by CMPD in April 25, 2011.

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