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Prescription forgery case dismissed as part of plea agreement

October 29, 2009|By BRIDGET DiCOSMO

HAGERSTOWN -- Charges against a Smithsburg woman in a forged prescription case were dismissed Thursday morning in Washington County Circuit Court.

Elizabeth Hurtman's case was to be heard in Washington County District Court in August, but was moved to circuit court when she requested a jury trial.

The case was dismissed Thursday during a hearing in circuit court as part of an agreement that Hurtman would plead guilty to similar charges in district court.

Hurtman was 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.

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Hurtman, 24, of B-5 Washington Court, was arrested in June after an anonymous caller to Tristate Neurology Center in Hagerstown alleged Hurtman had taken blank prescription forms from the medical office, according to court records.

Charging documents in the case allege that Hurtman used the stolen prescription sheets to get narcotic pain relievers, including oxycodone, at four different pharmacies.

She pleaded guilty in district court in September to a charge of obtaining a drug by fraud and was given a suspended sentence of 18 months in prison and ordered to serve three years of probation.

In that case, Hurtman was convicted of trying to fill a fraudulent prescription for about 90 Percocet pills, according to court records.

Hurtman also has charges pending in district court for theft under $1,000 and second-degree assault.

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