A Franklin man is in the Sharp County Jail on forgery charges after he allegedly passed 22 forged prescriptions at three local pharmacies in recent months.
Christopher Ray Arnold, 38, is charged with forgery, misdemeanor possession of drugs and possession of a controlled substance.
On Dec. 28 Cherokee Village Sgt. Ric Morris received a call from Sharp County Central Dispatch informing him that a man was attempting to pass a fraudulent prescription at Econo-Med Pharmacy near the Choctaw Center on Highway 175 S.
While on his way to the pharmacy Pharmacist Frank Schmidt called Morris and told him the man had left the store for a brief time and then returned. The man was attempting to have fraudulent prescriptions filled for 35 tablets of Roxicodone and 18 capsules of Amoxicillin, Morris said.
When Morris arrived at the pharmacy he asked Arnold if he was trying to have prescriptions filled. He said no, but Schmidt later identified him as the man who was trying to pass the fake prescriptions, Morris said.
Morris took Arnold into custody and transported him to the Sharp County Jail. Arnold told Morris he had received approximately 30 blank prescriptions stolen from a Melbourne dentist by a friend of Arnolds.
"Arnold had further stated that his usual doctor had cut his prescriptions off for back pain he was having and he had to write his own and it led him doing it more and more," Morris said.
Schmidt told Morris that Arnold had been to his store, Hill's Drug Store and Davis Drug, both in Highland, passing the fraudulent prescriptions.
Between Oct. 5 and Dec. 21 Arnold received 542 tablets of Roxicodone, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone from the three pharmacies, all using fraudulent prescriptions, Morris said.
Morris said Arnold was charged with forgery and theft by receiving in Cross County in November.
Additional charges are expected to be filed in Fulton and Independence counties against Arnold in the near future for other instances of prescription fraud, Morris said.