High school administrator arrested for prescription fraud

Sean Patrick Tomey, a Gulf Breeze High School administrator, was released on bail July 20. He is charged with two counts of passing a forged prescription and one count of prescription fraud.

A Gulf Breeze High School administrator was arrested July 20 after passing a fraudulent prescription, police said.

According to his arrest report, 43-year old Sean Patrick Tomey attempted to fill forged prescriptions for narcotics at a Gulf Breeze CVS. After Gulf Coast Pain Institute told the pharmacist the prescription was fake, Tomey “calmly grabbed the paper script and walked out from the CVS,” according to the report.

Tomey then filled one of the fraudulent prescriptions at the Gulf Breeze Neighborhood Walmart Pharmacy July 11. On July 19, a Walmart technician recognized the prescription was false and contacted the police.

The technician said she had received a phone call from Gulf Coast Pain Institute stating the prescriptions were not given to Tomey by the pain office, according to the report.

Tomey was arrested without incident at his home. He was charged with two counts of passing a forged prescription and one count of prescription fraud. He was released the same day on bond, according to the Santa Rosa County Jail website.

Tomey initially denied passing fake prescriptions, police said. When confronted with evidence, Tomey told police he had created the prescriptions on his laptop. According to the report, he said he was “desperate for relief of pain” from previous injuries for which doctors had no answer.

“He further explained he did not know what else to do to help himself,” according to the report.

Tomey is an assistant principal in charge of curriculum at Gulf Breeze High School, said Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Bill Emerson.

“At this point no information is available about his employment,” Emerson said.

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