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Ex-dental assistant charged with prescription fraud

By John Joyce
Published in News on February 5, 2014 1:46 PM

A former dental assistant at Immediate Dental Care, 1208 E. Ash St., has been charged with using stolen prescription pads to obtain drugs.

Goldsboro police say Tiffany Nicole Nelson, 30, of 1125 Bryson Drive in Greenville, will face two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or forgery and one count of attempted obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or forgery.

Ms. Nelson allegedly stole multiple prescription pads from her former employer's office and began passing them at local pharmacies in May 2013.

Beginning on July 1, police received reports that Ms. Nelson used a stolen prescription pad in an attempt to fill a perscription for Lortab tablets at the Walmart pharmacy at 1002 N. Spence Ave., according to the press release.

Additional reports came on July 3 that prescriptions were also passed, filled and picked up from the Walgreen's pharmacy at 2202 Wayne Memorial Drive on June 24, 2013, and from the Rite-Aide pharmacy at 806 E. Ash St. May 22. Both prescriptions were for Lortabs. The GPD press release did not specify in what amounts the pills were distributed to Ms. Nelson.

Throughout a lengthy investigation, Ms. Nelson was developed as a suspect in all three incidents involving the stolen prescription pads.

Ms. Nelson turned herself in to police at the Wayne County Criminal Magistrate's Office Tuesday where she was served with the arrest warrants and freed on a $5,000 unsecured bond pending a first appearance today in Wayne County Court.