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Hardy woman charged with prescription drug fraud

Thursday, July 14, 2005

A Hardy woman has been charged with fraud after she called a local drug store and allegedly claimed to be an employee of a physician's office to obtain prescription medications.

Highland Police Chief Bea Sharp arrested Sandra Hope Nash, 30, at Hill's Drug Store June 29. She is charged with fraud to obtain a controlled substance, a class C felony.

A pharmacy technician for Hill's Drug Store received a call from a female claiming to be calling in a prescription for Xanax for a patient named Sandra Nash, Sharp said.

The technician called the physician's office to verify the prescription and was informed no one had called it in, Sharp said.

Soon after, the technician received another call. This time the call was from Nash asking if the doctor had called in her prescription, Sharp said.

The technician recognized Nash's voice as the same person who called in the bogus prescription, Sharp said.

The technician told Nash the prescription would be ready by 2 p.m, Sharp said. The pharmacist called police.

When Nash arrived at the pharmacy Sharp arrested her and took her to jail.

"I called to get Xanax and Norasc and I realize I have a problem and would like very much to get help," Nash told Sharp in her voluntary statement. "I was calling from Dr. Arnold's office to get prescriptions filled. I went to see him and he gave me my pain meds, but not enough, I believe, of my anti-anxiety meds. So I decided to call the pharmacy ... and tried to fill a prescription."

Nash was later released on her own recognizance.

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