A Beckley woman has admitted she stole her boss's prescription pad, forged his signature and then sold it to an individual who used it to obtain 90 oxycodone pills.
U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin said 41-year-old Tina Marie Richmond pleaded guilty in federal court to aiding and abetting the acquisition of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception and subterfuge, a felony. She faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine, he said.
Goodwin said the Drug Enforcement Administration registration number assigned to the doctor she'd worked for was on the prescription pad, which she admitted stealing on Aug. 2. After forging the doctor's signature on it she sold it to an acquaintance who used it to obtain the 30 mg oxycodone tablets at a Beckley pharmacy.
She'll be sentenced April 17 by U.S. District Judge Irene C. Berger in Beckley.
"Prescription drug abuse damages continues to take a toll on communities all over southern West Virginia," said U.S. Attorney Goodwin. "I'm committed to doing everything possible to get this problem under control."
The Beckley Police Department is in charge of the investigation. Goodwin said the prosecution is part
an ongoing effort led by his office to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs.