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Woman accused of multi-state scheme to steal identities, forge prescriptions

Jim Hood

Jim Hood

RANKIN COUNTY — A woman alleged to be stealing identities and forging prescriptions has been arrested following a seven-month investigation, according to Attorney General Jim Hood.

Sylvia Cook, 59, whose last known residence is in Jackson, was arrested in rural Rankin County.  Cook 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 IDs to visit multiple care providers across the state, while claiming illnesses to obtain pain prescriptions and then selling the medication. Her arrest is the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Shreveport, La., Police Department, Clinton Police Department, U.S. 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.

As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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