Former commissioner charged with doctor shopping
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a Lincoln County woman after she was indicted by the Lincoln County Grand Jury Tuesday for doctor shopping prescription pills from several different doctors and pharmacies in two states.
Barbara Ann Bankston, 65, of Fayetteville was indicted on 21 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud. In November 2012 the 17th Judicial District Attorney General requested TBI investigate an allegation that Bankston was fraudulently obtaining prescriptions.
Through the course of the investigation, TBI identified a scheme where Bankston visited five doctors in Tennessee and one doctor in Alabama to write her prescriptions for fiorinal. She was using three pharmacies in Tennessee and two in Alabama to fill her prescriptions. Fiorinal is a controlled substance that contains aspirin, butalbital, caffeine and codeine.
Bankston was booked into the Lincoln County Jail Tuesday and released on a $10,000 bond.
Bankston served as a Lincoln County commissioner representing the Fourth District for eight years before making an unsuccessful bid for state representative of the 92nd district in 2012. Her husband, Bobby Bankston serves the county as judicial commissioner.