Doctor’s office employee charged with forging prescriptions

Paducah police have arrested on woman and are looking for another in connection to forged prescriptions.

On July 18, a local pharmacist called the police department saying he had received a suspicious prescription.

The pharmacist said he called the doctor’s office where the prescription came from and learned it was a forgery. The pharmacist also found out that two other forged prescriptions had been filed by the same person, 36-year-old Andrea Hinson of Paducah.

A detective spoke with employees of the doctor’s office and found that the forged prescriptions were written by an employee. That employee, 37-year-old Lisa Johnston of Metropolis, Illinois, admitted to forging three prescriptions of Oxycodone for Hinson.

Johnston also said she wrote three prescriptions in a relative’s name and had them filled at a different local pharmacy for her own use.

The detective found those three prescriptions, two more written in a relative’s name, and six prescriptions Johnston wrote for herself all for the controlled substance Phenteramine.

Johnston was charged with 14 counts of forgery of a prescription. She turned herself in to police and was taken to the McCracken County Regional Jail.

Warrants have been put out charging Hinson with three counts of attempting to or obtaining a controlled substance by forgery or fraud. Police are still looking for Hinson.

Anyone with information about Hinson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Paducah Police Department at (270) 444-8550.

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