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Woman accused of forging prescriptions

June 03, 2009|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN -- A Smithsburg woman was arrested Monday at a doctor's office after an anonymous caller to the Tristate Neurology Center in Hagerstown alleged the woman was filling out blank prescription forms taken from the office.

In one of the messages, the caller alleged that Elizabeth Hurtman talked about selling the prescriptions to others and had bragged about making $1,000 per prescription, according to documents filed in Washington County District Court.

Hurtman, 24, of B5 Washington Court, is charged with theft of less than $100, four counts of possessing a forged prescription, four counts of obtaining drugs by fraud and four counts of issuing forged prescriptions.

Washington County Sheriff's Department deputies met Hurtman on Monday when she went to the neurology center for an appointment, court records show.

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Hurtman initially denied knowing anything about blank prescription sheets that were missing from the doctor's office, the records state. After further questioning, she admitted she took blank prescription sheets, but said she didn't know how many she took because she suffers from memory loss, deputies alleged in charging documents.

Hurtman told deputies she was addicted to pain medication but had quit taking it, and that another person was taking her pain medication and making her fill the prescriptions, court records state.

While she was being interviewed, deputies asked Hurtman what medications she had with her. From her purse, she took bottles containing six different kinds of medication, all of which had been legally prescribed, court documents state.

Hurtman filled prescriptions at four different pharmacies using stolen prescription sheets, officers alleged in charging documents. All of the forged prescriptions were for narcotic pain relievers, according to court documents.

Hurtman purchased the prescriptions using her prescription card and insurance, officers wrote in charging documents.

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