ROWAN COUNTY - One by one, suspects in a massive prescription drug scheme began turning themselves in to Rowan County authorities.
On Tuesday, a 9 Investigation exposed the charges facing a local doctor, his wife and several teachers.
Four of the eight suspects in the scheme to get 25,000 painkillers willingly turned themselves in at the Magistrate’s Office Wednesday.
Their appearances were scheduled because they're cooperating with police.
Abby Walker was the first of eight to answer to charges. She's accused of organizing with help of teachers and staff from three local schools.
Officers said Abby Walker and her husband, Dr. Orrin Walker, needed the hydrocodone for their own addictions.
Walker taught at Bostian Elementary School in China Grove where police said she convinced co-workers like teaching assistant Tammy Eudy to get prescriptions from Orrin Walker, then hand over the pills.
Police said Teresa Seagroves, the administrative assistant at McKnight School, had prescriptions filled in her name to help the Walkers.
Crystal Maness and Bostian Elementary teacher Meredith Raynes also turned themselves in.
There are three more suspects including Orrin Walker who still have to face a magistrate and are expected to turn themselves in Thursday.
Main Street Family Practice, the pharmacy where Dr. Walker worked, released this statement Wednesday:
"The health care providers and staff of Main Street Family Practice are shocked and saddened regarding the current events and charges involving Orrin and Abby Walker. We learned of the investigation from local law enforcement in mid-March and the practice has cooperated fully with law enforcement throughout this investigation. Dr. Walker is no longer employed here and NO other employees were involved in the criminal activities of the Walkers and have not been targeted in the investigation. The entire staff remains committed to the total health care of all our patients."