CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. - They work in the medical industry, but now they're in jail on drug charges. Drug agents with the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad busted a couple of medical professionals in separate cases who they say were passing fraudulent prescriptions.
"These are people who had a position of trust in a doctors office or medical environment, access to prescriptions to forge them, create their own or steal prescriptions from legitimate patients," said CMANS Commander Phil Price.
Shelby Scoville was a veterinary technician at an animal hospital in Roswell. Deputies say she faked prescriptions using her dog's name, Mayze, and tried to fill them at a Cherokee County pharmacy. "Knowing the mechanisms, the weaknesses in the system she was able to write her own prescriptions," said Commander Price.
The prescriptions were for more than one hundred pills, including one for an anti-depressant. "These are pills that people would take, but not dogs," said Commander Price.
Tiffany Martin worked at Wellstar Neurosurgery. Authorities say she stole prescriptions written for a disabled patient and used them to get drugs like Oxycodone and Xanax for a man named Dewaski Martin. "We believe she was furnishing him drugs as well as getting drugs for resale," said Commander Price.
Price says there have been similar cases in the past, but he has been seeing more and more of them lately. "We've had more of these in the last year, year and a half than I've seen in a long time," said Commander Price.
The Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad began investigating the fraudulent prescriptions being passed to Kroger Pharmacies in Cherokee County in October.