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Women sentenced for prescription fraud
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One woman avoided jail time, while her partner in crime will serve 45 days, for running a forged prescription scheme in which lawmen believe they were obtaining large amounts of drugs.
One defendant, Wendy Humphrey, was granted a two-year judicial diversion and must pay $2,000 plus costs, perform 48 hours public service work and undergo an alcohol and drug assessment for fraudulently obtaining drugs. Her co-defendant, Melisha Martin, was ordered to serve 45 days of a two-year sentence and must also pay $2,000 plus costs for fraudulently obtaining drugs and theft.
The women were caught at Rite-Aid on Chancery Street trying to pass a prescription on a prescription pad stolen from a doctor’s office. A subsequent search of Humphrey’s purse revealed several prescriptions bearing numerous names. The search also turned up $1,814 in Martin’s purse.
During questioning, Humphreys denied attempting to illegally fill the prescriptions and claimed the numerous prescriptions and list of names in her purse must have been put there from someone else. She went on to claim a nurse practitioner was behind the scheme to obtain prescriptions.
Meanwhile, her partner in crime maintained the large amount of cash found on her person was money she had earned from cleaning houses.