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Candice Welch Wilmoth and Richard Clyde Freeman

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police have arrested two people from King in connection with fraudulently obtaining thousands of doses of hydrocodone over several years.

According to police, Candice Welch Wilmoth, 57, worked at the office of Dr. Joel Morgan and issued fraudulent prescriptions for 10,230 doses of hydrocodone.

Police say Richard Clyde Freeman, 57, passed the prescriptions at local pharmacies over several years.

Wilmoth is charged with 34 counts each of trafficking in opiates and identity theft. Freeman is charged with 34 counts each of obtaining controlled substances by fraud and trafficking in opiates.

Wilmoth and Freeman are currently being held under a $5,000,000 bond at the Forsyth County Detention Center.

The Winston-Salem Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this crime call CrimeStoppers at 336-727-2800.


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