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Cartersville Couple Arrested in Prescription Forgery Scheme

Oct 14, 2012 -- 10:21am

By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)

Two Cartersville health professionals were jailed Saturday in connection with a prescription forgery scheme. 
Following a three-month investigation by the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force, police say that Stephen Chapman and his wife Sarah Chapman, both age 41, were allegedly found to be forging prescriptions to illegally obtain drugs at local pharmacies. The couple both worked for the Floyd Healthcare Management system at the Floyd Urgent Care, giving them due access to prescription pads. Mrs. Chapman would reportedly forge the prescriptions by duplicating a patient’s name but change their date of birth. Mr. Chapman would then fill them at various pharmacies in the area. Among the drugs they illegally acquired were Hydrocodone and Lortabs. 
Chief Tomas Culpepper says the investigation is on-going, but as of right now Mr. Chapman faces twenty-five charges, while fourteen charges have been filed against Mrs. Chapman. Some of these include fraudulently obtaining controlled substances, identity fraud and party to the crime of distributing schedule II, III, IV drugs. 
They are both being held in the Bartow County Jail awaiting a bond hearing. 

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