It appears that extorting elderly priests and scamming places of worship aren’t Elaine Presser’s only great talents [“Sex, Lies, a Priest, & Elaine Presser
,” May 16]. She’s also got a knack for duping doctors out of pain prescriptions.
Cindy, a close Presser acquaintance who spoke to Scene on the condition that we wouldn’t print her last name, says she often gave Presser rides to various pain management physicians, to whom she would tell her sob stories in exchange for Percoset, Xanax, and Vicodin. “She goes from doctor to doctor, and tries to say she has all these problems, but doesn’t have a damn thing wrong with her,” Cindy says.
On more than one occasion, Cindy gave Presser rides to the free clinic at Richmond Heights Hospital as well as Pain Management of Northern Ohio in Solon, where one doctor is more than happy to fill Presser’s prescriptions, Cindy claims. “He’s giving her 80 to 100 pills of all the strong crap,” Cindy says. “Half the time she’s walking around like a zombie.”
Still, Cindy says it took her a while to realize Presser was pulling a scam. “At first, I felt so sorry for her,” she says. “She had nothing, and when I say nothing, I mean nothing. So I tried to be a good neighbor and help any way I could. I gave her dishes, rides – you name it, I gave it to her.”
But Cindy’s handouts quickly ceased after she realized that Presser was stealing her own pain medication. “I had just had back surgery,” she says. “And Elaine would come over and steal my pills. I told her to never talk to me again or I’d call the cops on her.”
Cindy says she also filed a complaint with the Solon Police Department, which is still investigating her claims.
As for Presser, she still denies any wrongdoing and claims to be as clean as a whistle. In fact, she says that, thanks to Scene, things are starting to look up. “Even after all the bad stuff you’ve printed about me, it’s turning out that you’ve really helped me,” she says. “Someone wants to make a documentary movie about me and I’ve got a book deal. So, thank you.” – Denise Grollmus