Hagerstown woman charged unauthorized practice of medicine

May 29, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Hagerstown woman faces charges after police said she called a pharmacy and ordered a prescription for a patient who ultimately turned out to be her, according to court documents.

Kelly Michelle Nally, 37, of 641 Knightsbridge Drive, was arraigned Tuesday in Berkeley County Magistrate Court on one felony count of unauthorized practice of medicine and a felony count of computer fraud, according to court documents.
The counterfeit prescription for Tramadol, a pain medication, was reported April 17 by a pharmacist at the Spring Mills (W.Va.) Walmart, according to court records.

The pharmacist told West Virginia State Police Cpl. J.M. Walker that the prescription was called in by a female who claimed to be with a Hagerstown physician’s office, according to court documents.

Upon contacting the physician’s office, the pharmacist learned the telephoned prescription was fake, according to court records.

Two hours after the prescription was called in, the pharmacist notified police that a female, who was accompanied by a young child, was attempting to pick up the drugs, according to court records.

When confronted by police, Nally initially claimed the prescription was for a friend, but then admitted that the friend’s name she gave was fictitious and the person didn’t exist, according to court documents.

When questioned by police, Nally said the doctor she mentioned in the attempt to get the prescription was her family physician, according to court records.

Police also were told the physician had not prescribed the drug for the victim “for some time,” according to court documents.

Walker said in his complaint that Nally admitted that she aware it was illegal to call in a fraudulent prescription, according to court documents.

— Matthew Umstead

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