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Suspect in statewide pharmacy fraud cases arrested in Thurston County

Still images of Louis R. Shipley (left) and Terra L. Buraas (right). Shipley has been arrested, but Buraas is still wanted for numerous counts of defrauding pharmacies along the I-5 corridor.
Still images of Louis R. Shipley (left) and Terra L. Buraas (right). Shipley has been arrested, but Buraas is still wanted for numerous counts of defrauding pharmacies along the I-5 corridor. Courtesy photo

One of two people suspected of defrauding about 50 pharmacies along the Interstate 5 corridor – and who allegedly led Tenino police on a high-speed pursuit – has been taken into custody and charged with identity theft and forging a prescription.

Louis Shipley, 47, was placed on $5,000 bail during a preliminary appearance in Thurston County Superior Court last week, court documents indicate.

Court documents don’t provide a narrative supporting the charges against Shipley, but relate to the incident in Tenino, where Shipley and Terra Buraas, 45, are accused of attempting to defraud a pharmacy on March 27, and fled when police came to the scene.

A chase ensued but ended when the pursuing officer felt it was too dangerous to continue because of the vehicles’ high speeds.

Law enforcement has linked Shipley and Buraas to about 50 cases of fraudulently obtaining prescriptions.

“They’ve pretty much gone up and down – north and south – on the … I-5 corridor, and they hit several places along the way,” said Tenino Police Chief Robert Swain.

Swain said the case is under investigation by the State Attorney General’s Office and the state’s Department of Health.

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