A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer was arrested Tuesday after police said she obtained prescription drugs through fraud.
Police opened an investigation into officer Jennifer Wolfe, 37, on Aug. 14 after they were contacted by an employee from a dentist’s office in Matthews, officials said.
The investigation showed Wolfe obtained fraudulent prescriptions for pain killers from an employee, police said. Wolfe, who was hired by CMPD in April 2011, faces five counts of obtaining a schedule II controlled substance by fraud. She has a court appearance scheduled for Wednesday, records show.
Roberta Porter, 46, an employee at Danze Dentistry, was also charged in the case, police said. Porter faces seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, in addition to two counts of trafficking opium, Matthews Police said.
Wolfe’s case shows the power of the opioid crisis, CMPD Deputy Chief Johnny Jennings said.
“Police officers are not immune to it, and we see it every day in our profession,” he said.
Wolfe was put on paid leave when the investigation began, and she was put on unpaid leave when she was arrested Tuesday, Jennings said.
Wolfe apparently obtained the drugs for her personal use, Jennings said. He couldn’t confirm the names of the drugs or when Wolfe started using them. Records show an offense occurred as early as April.
Wolfe’s lawyer, Charlotte attorney George Laughrun, said Wolfe looks forward to her day in court.
“Things are not always what they appear to be,” he said.
CMPD offers treatment options for officers who come forward with alcohol or drug issues, but in some cases, officers who acknowledge their addictions may lose their jobs, Jennings said.
“In certain cases, we’re obligated to ensure that the city is safe and the people keeping our city safe are the right people to have out there,” he said.
As a patrol officer in the metro division, Wolfe wasn’t specifically focused on narcotics enforcement, but police will be reviewing her old cases in light of today’s arrest, Jennings said.
“I wish her the best, that she gets help and she gets her life back on track,” Jennings said.
Researcher Maria David contributed.