Vigilant Pharmacist Alerts Police to Forged Prescriptions

Meghan Ross, Associate Editor

An attentive CVS pharmacist alerted police to a prescription fraud case after a customer handed him suspicious-looking prescriptions that turned out to be forged.

An attentive CVS pharmacist alerted police to a prescription fraud case after a customer handed him suspicious-looking prescriptions that turned out to be forged.

Thommy Jones, Jr, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, entered the pharmacy on February 24, 2015, around 3:30 p.m. with prescriptions for amoxicillin and promethazine/codeine, Eye Witness News reported.

The pharmacist noticed that the prescriptions were written on a strange type of security paper not typically used by health care providers, according to the criminal complaint. He called the physician who allegedly prescribed Jones the pills, but the doctor said the prescriptions were forgeries.

Authorities were called to the CVS, and Jones was picked up police when he returned to the pharmacy about an hour and a half after he had dropped off the prescriptions.

Jones was charged with a fifth-degree controlled substance crime and could face 10 years in prison, as well as up to $20,000 in fines, according to Eye Witness News.

This was not Jones’s first foray into delinquency, as he was convicted of a fifth-degree controlled substance crime in June 2010.