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Doctor’s employee held in Rx forging

– A former doctor’s office employee was jailed this week, accused of stealing a doctor’s prescription notepad and writing more than two dozen fraudulent prescriptions for pain meds.

Nikeya N. Gilbert, 36, of the 300 block of West Hollis Lane, faces 30 preliminary counts of forgery and 30 preliminary counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud for events investigators said occurred from late 2012 to early 2014, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Police first started their investigation into Gilbert’s activities after an office manager for her former employer called police and said the office thought Gilbert stole a prescription notepad and used it to write herself prescriptions.

All 30 prescriptions were for pain medication only available by prescription.

Despite the litany of accusations already leveled against her, police are still investigating other instances of forgery involving Gilbert and obtaining prescriptions by fraud, the affidavit said.

The 60 charges she was arrested on this week relate only to instances in which Gilbert picked up the medication by showing her driver’s license, investigators said in the report.

In some cases, a CVS store was used to get prescriptions, and police were able to connect Gilbert to the transaction because her CVS Extra Care Savings Card was used.

Because of the time between when the prescription pickups occurred and when police got involved, there was little to no in-store security footage to use, except for a transaction in January of this year, according to court records.

A pharmacist was able to identify Gilbert in that security footage as being the person who picked up the fraudulent prescriptions, the report said.

When arrested on a warrant this week for an unrelated misdemeanor theft case, Gilbert admitted to police her involvement with the prescriptions, the affidavit said.

She was being held in lieu of $375,000 bail on Wednesday.

cmeyers@jg.net

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