Woman pleads no contest to prescription fraud

FRONT ROYAL — A local woman pleaded no contest on Tuesday to 16 prescription fraud charges as part of a plea agreement after she wrote fraudulent prescriptions while working administratively in a medical office.

Kimberly Ann Isner, 42, was falsifying prescriptions between December 2014 and August 2015, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Fleming said during Tuesday’s hearing. Isner would write the prescriptions and her co-defendant, Kassie Ann Burke, would allegedly have them filled at pharmacies in town. Burke, who was employed with the U. S. Postal Service, Fleming said, would then allegedly bring the prescriptions back to Isner to use.

Burke’s case is still pending in Warren County Circuit Court, Fleming noted, and she is expected to enter a plea on Sept. 26.

There were 22 fraud related charges against Isner in Fauquier County for similar offenses, her attorney, D. Eric Wiseley, said at the hearing. Isner already entered a plea agreement in those cases in March 2016. She was sentenced to serve four years imprisonment and has about three years of active time remaining on her sentence.

Wiseley also noted that Isner’s pleas were no contest pleas because of his concerns about a “traumatic brain injury” Isner suffered that would mitigate guilt or innocence in this case. If it hadn’t been for the plea agreement in the Fauquier County cases, which he did not represent her on, the circumstances in the Warren County case would be different, Wiseley said.

The plea agreement in the Warren County case calls for Isner to serve three years out of a 16 year sentence, and for that sentence to run concurrent with the sentence from Fauquier County. Upon her release, Isner must also complete three years of supervised probation. Before leaving the courtroom, Isner thanked Circuit Judge Ronald L. Napier for accepting the plea agreement.