Walgreens employee accused of filling, refilling forged prescription

Walgreens employee accused of filling, refilling forged prescription

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police arrested a Jonesboro woman after they say she filled and refilled a forged prescription for codeine.

On Feb. 5, officers were called to Walgreens, 108 E. Highland, regarding a pharmacy employee electronically forging a prescription for herself.

Store officials said Sarah Harrell had a prescription for promethazine-codeine syrup filled on Dec. 15, 2017. The prescription was not authorized for a refill.

On Jan. 8, according to the probable cause affidavit, that prescription was filled again "because it had been electronically authorized for refill." The court documents stated Harrell's initials were on the authorization.

"Harrell was identified on camera paying for the prescription and checking herself out," the affidavit said.

A supervisor discovered Harrell had electronically refilled the prescription again on Jan. 25 and contacted the prescribing physician who said both refills were fraudulent.

Walgreens' asset protection officer contacted Harrell and she was later terminated.

On Thursday, she appeared in person before Craighead County District Judge David Boling who found probable cause to charge her with fraud.

He released her on an OR (own recognizance) bond. Her next court date is April 27.

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