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59-year-old accused of faking illnesses to obtain, then sell, prescription drugs

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A 59-year-old woman has been arrested in rural Rankin County and charged with stealing identities and forging prescriptions.

The arrest comes after a seven-month investigation.

Attorney General Jim Hood says 59-year-old Sylvia Cook, whose last known residence is in Jackson, is wanted by Mississippi and Louisiana authorities for multiple counts of identity theft and prescription forgery.

Cook is accused of fraudulently using others identity and using fictitious ID's to visit multiple care providers across the state claiming illnesses to obtain pain prescriptions and then selling the medication.  

Her arrest is the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Shreveport, Louisiana Police Department, Clinton, Mississippi Police Department, The United States Drug Enforcement Administration and the Mississippi Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Division.

Cook faces 30 years imprisonment and fines up to $60,000 if convicted of the current charges against her. 

She was booked into the Rankin County Detention Center and is awaiting her initial appearance.  

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