Prescription forgery at heart of charges

By Ashley Bunton - [email protected]

A Greenfield resident who forged a prescription at the Kroger pharmacy was sent to prison this week in an agreed sentence.

James V. Brown, 36, was sentenced Tuesday in Fayette County Common Pleas Court to one year in prison after pleading guilty to illegal processing of drug documents, a fourth-degree felony.

The Washington Court House Police Department was called to Kroger, 548 Clinton Ave. in reference to a forged prescription.

The pharmacist at the Kroger Pharmacy reported Sept. 13, 2016 that Brown brought in a prescription for 180 Oxycodone tablets. The prescription was allegedly from a dentist at Wilmington Oral Surgery.

Brown had not previously filled a prescription at that pharmacy location, reported the pharmacist, but a system check revealed Brown had had several prescriptions for painkillers.

One of the doctors listed as a prescriber in the report was contacted. The doctor told the pharmacist that the prescriptions had been forged and instructed the pharmacy not to fill any more of the prescriptions from Brown.

The pharmacist then called Wilmington Oral Surgery and the dentist’s office reported they had written Brown a prescription for 15 Percocet tablets, not 180 Oxycodone tablets. Percocets and Oxycodone are opiates.

Brown could not be located at that time inside the pharmacy. A short time he was apprehended in a traffic stop when police identified him in his vehicle.

He was taken in for questioning. Upon being interviewed at the police department, Brown admitted to forging prescriptions at the local Kroger and at Knisley Pharmacy in Chillicothe to obtain prescription pills, according to reports.

The sentence is ordered to be served concurrently with Brown’s current incarceration out of Ross County.

In the Ross County Court of Common Pleas, Brown plead guilty May 8 to seven counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug, each a felony of the second degree. He was ordered to serve four years in prison on each count to be served concurrently with each other. Brown was given 31 days of jail time credit for time already served in that county on the seven charges.

By Ashley Bunton

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Ashley may be contacted by phone at (740) 313-0355 or by searching for @ashbunton

Ashley may be contacted by phone at (740) 313-0355 or by searching for @ashbunton