Four Oklahoma City residents are now formally charged after a drug task force case in Shawnee resulted in four arrests involving fraudulent prescriptions.

Four Oklahoma City residents are now formally charged after a drug task force case in Shawnee resulted in four arrests involving fraudulent prescriptions.

The following were charged in Pottawatomie County District Court:

• Terry Melinda Stephens, 32, is charged with attempting to obtain controlled substance by fraud and conspiracy to obtain CDS by fraud, both felonies.

• Reginald L. Sykes, 34, is charged with the felony of conspiracy to obtain controlled substance by fraud and two misdemeanor counts — possession of CDS and drug paraphernalia.

• Sharine A. Tate, 37, is charged with obtaining CDS by fraud.

• Michael Zeleke, 26, is charged with conspiracy to obtain controlled substance by fraud.

All four were arrested before Thanksgiving as part of a Shawnee investigation.

Shawnee Police Cpl. Vivian Lozano-Stafford said an investigation into the conspiracy to obtain controlled dangerous substance by fraud first began in October involving a fraudulent prescription at The Clinic Pharmacy.

That case was connected to another incident in November when the same female returned to try to obtain 120 tablets of 30 mg oxycodone.

In that incident, the female went inside to drop off the prescription, but when she returned to pick it up and three others waited in a car outside, an employee recognized her from the surveillance video. They had called the doctor listed on the prescription and discovered it was a fraudulent prescription.

Drug task force officers also responded and talked with the woman, identified as Stephens, who also received a phone call from someone in the vehicle telling her to go to the bathroom inside because police were pulling up outside, Lozano-Stafford said.

The alleged caller, Sykes, was reported to be a passenger in that car. He, along with the driver, Zeleke and another passenger, Tate, were later detained during a traffic stop of the vehicle, Lozano-Stafford said.

Before taking the group to jail, police located a straw in Sykes' pocket that tested for cocaine, Lozano-Stafford.

Based on interviews in the case, Stephens knew the prescription was fraudulent and indicated Sykes wrote it in the car, Lozano-Stafford said, and Stephens also had $100 from Sykes in her purse to purchase the pills.

Stephens, who reported she made $100 for the first incident, wasn't sure how much she would make for the second trip, the police spokeswoman said, adding that Stephens and Tate also are reported to be sisters.

The doctor named on the fraudulent prescription is located in Norman and didn't write any such prescriptions to those involved.

Lozano-Stafford said Tate also was reportedly involved in a similar incident at Richards Drugs on Main Street.

Their next court dates are scheduled in February 2018.