Pharmacist Arrested on Charges of Prescribing Hydrocodone to Herself

Friday, March 21, a Gulf Breeze woman who worked at a Walmart pharmacy was accused of writing out false prescriptions since 2010. The 46-year-old was arrested for allegedly giving herself prescriptions for Hydrocodone pills, using her employee discount and insurance to get them at a cheaper price. According to police, she signed off on prescriptions for a fake patient. When deputies asked the doctor who was named on the prescription about the patient, he said that he never had a patient with that name or contact information. The suspect was booked at Santa Rosa County Jail and released on $30,000 bail. Her charges include:

  • Grand Theft: Depending on the specifics of the charge, this could be a first degree felony, and at the very least would be a third degree felony. The penalties for grand theft of the third degree could include up to 5 years in prison and $5,000 in fines.
  • Writing Unlawful Prescriptions
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription: Depending on the specifics, this could be charged as a second degree misdemeanor, punishable by $500 in fines and up to 60 days in jail.

It is worth mentioning that Hydrocodone is a Schedule II controlled substance under Florida's statutes, which means that Hydrocodone is in the same category as cocaine. Given that Hydrocodone is classified as a dangerous drug, it is more likely that the accusation would be a serious felony charge. For instance, it is a second degree felony offense to possess Hydrocodone with the intent to sell. This means that a charge of that prescription drug crime could turn into as much as a 15-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.

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