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Posted: September 13, 2009 12:30 a.m.

Women charged with forgery after trying to fill fradulent prescriptions

Two women were arrested Friday afternoon when they allegedly tried to forge a prescription for Oxycontin.

Officers from the Covington Police Department were called to a pharmacy on Pace Street and told that a woman was attempting to fill a bogus prescription and that she was waiting outside with a friend in a blue Ford Taurus.

When officers arrived they reportedly noticed the vehicle with no tag sitting in the parking lot on the corner of the building, where the driver wouldn’t need to back out but could simply pull forward and leave the shopping center quickly. Officers allegedly noticed both the female occupants looked over their shoulders at the patrol car as it entered the shopping center and the driver reportedly put the car in drive and attempted to leave the area.

The officer activated his emergency equipment and stopped the vehicle. He made contact with the driver, identified as 53-year-old Willa Williamson, and asked her what she was doing at Morgan Plaza and she reportedly told him that she was there to pick someone up from the auto parts store.

Reports indicate that Williamson was visibly nervous while speaking with officers, breathing rapidly and looking around. When officers asked why she was parked so far from the auto parts store she reportedly said “there she is” and put the vehicle in drive, attempting to leave. Officers pulled out their Tasers and Williamson allegedly stopped the vehicle after about five feet. Officers looked in the direction she had pointed and there was no one around that she could have been referring to, according to reports.

Williamson was told to turn her vehicle off and give the officers the keys, but instead of following directions she reportedly kept asking “What did I do wrong?” and had to be threatened with the Taser once more before she would give up the keys to her vehicle.

Officers had Williamson exit her vehicle and they asked once more why she was in the shopping center and she allegedly told them she was waiting to meet someone that was at the BP station – which is across the street from the shopping center. After several more questions she reportedly told officers that she was picking up a prescription for someone at the pharmacy.

According to the pharmacist, Williamson had dropped the prescription off and her passenger, identified as 21-year-old Vanessa Vinson, had attempted to pick it up. The prescription — which was for Oxycontin and Percocet — was written to a third person, a man named Terrence and had caught the pharmacist’s eye when it contained no instructions as to how the pills were to be taken.

Williamson reportedly said that she had just dropped the prescription off for Terrence and she didn’t forge anything, though when asked how she knew that person she allegedly refused to tell the officers, although the address on her identification allegedly matched the address of Terrence.

Both Williamson and Vinson were placed under arrest and during a search of the vehicle officers reportedly found several different identification cards for Williamson — some expired, some with a different address on them. Also inside the car officers allegedly located a photocopy of another prescription written to Alishcia that appeared to be a fake. Officers called the doctor’s office where these reportedly came from and a nurse allegedly verified that neither Terrence nor Alishcia were or had ever been patients of the doctor.

She did say, however, that Williamson was a patient there and that the doctor had experienced several forgeries being called in leading them to believe that someone had allegedly stolen a prescription pad from the office.

Officers also reportedly found yet another photocopy of a prescription written to Williamson from another doctor that appeared to be valid and it was suspected that whoever forged the prescription’s had attempted to copy the prescription but had not been able to read it correctly and did not have enough knowledge to do so convincingly since specific symbols were incorrect on the forged prescriptions.

Both women were transported to the Newton County Detention Center. Williamson was charged with first and second degree forgery, obstruction and possession of two Georgia driver’s licenses. Vinson was charged with first degree forgery.

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