Carr: ‘Impossible’ that doctor saw patients

Published 10:43 am Friday, October 17, 2014

The prosecution case wrapped up Thursday as the live-in girlfriend and co-defendant of a physician accused of prescription forgery said the doctor wrote prescriptions to patients he never saw.

Pattie Carr, who shares a home with Dr. Lawrence Francis Chenier III, said the doctor who is on trial this week wrote prescriptions for 21 names she fabricated in order to feed her drug addiction.

“It would have been impossible” for Chenier to see the fictitious patients at his medical clinic, Carr said.

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The couple live at 100 Colonial Drive in Vicksburg, but Chenier practices medicine in Tallulah.

“You agree with me that there was absolutely no way he could have treated those individuals in Madison Parish?” District Attorney Ricky Smith asked Carr.

“Not unless he was Peter Pan,” Carr responded.

None of the identifying information Carr provided to Battlefield Discount Drugs matched any patients treated by Chenier at Madison Parish Hospital, DEA Agent Daniel Carter said.

Yet Carr insisted that Chenier did not know she was abusing hydrocodone and Lyrica and denied he had any knowledge of the more than 300 pill bottles that narcotics agents found when their home was raided in September 2011.

“I was lying to Dr. Chenier to get money,” she said, adding that she had hidden the pill bottles in the house.

Law enforcement agents have testified that many of the pill bottles were spilling out of a closet in a bedroom the couple shares.

Defense attorney Lisa Ross stressed the grandiose scale of Carr’s lies as she accused Carr of stealing Chenier’s prescription pad.

The most elaborate lie involved Carr telling Chenier she needed money for defense in a federal lawsuit over movie piracy. Carr said she used the money to purchase drugs. The list of fabricated names also includes a man Carr claims she told Chenier was a federal judge.

Carr said she did not steal the pad and her lies were the result of being “severally addicted” to hydrocodone.

At different points, Carr has estimated that she took between 30 and 94 tablets of hydrocodone per day.

“It was never less than 40,” she said Thursday.

Carr has pleaded guilty to five counts of prescription forgery but has yet to be sentenced by Circuit Judge M. James Chaney who is also presiding over Chenier’s trial. Carr said she did not agree to testify against Chenier in exchange for a lighter sentence.

She has since sought rehabilitation treatment and says she has not used hydrocodone since her arrest.

“We have a surveillance system and when I saw the cops pulling up, I took the last of my hydrocodone and Lyrica,” Carr said.

All the drugs in the 74-count indictment were picked up at Battlefield Discount Drugs on Indiana Avenue, according to court records.

Pharmacy owner John Storey spent the morning being grilled by defense attorney Marshall Sanders about his role in supplying drugs to Carr under the falsified names.

Storey said each prescription was either signed by or phoned in by Chenier.

“The legitimacy always came from Dr. Chenier,” Storey said.

Carr said she was surprised the pharmacy sold her the drugs because of a sign saying that identification was required for a third-party to pick up a prescription.

“The first time I did it, they called my name and I thought ‘God I didn’t think this would work.’ I couldn’t wait to get that bag open and get in the car,” she said.

A representative of the Mississippi Pharmacy Board has been in the gallery of the trial for two days taking notes on testimony involving Storey.

During a session that was closed to the jury Smith said Storey was given a recording device for his office phone after he claimed Chenier made threats against him. No recording of any phone call between Storey and Chenier has been played for the jury.

The defense is expected to begin their case at 9 a.m. today.