Pharmacist in Rutland charged with fraudulent script writing
By Brent Curtis
STAFF WRITER | April 27,2013
A New York woman working as a temporary pharmacist in a Rutland store has been charged with writing a fraudulent prescription for herself, according to Vermont State Police.
Kelly Conn, 33, of Troy, N.Y., was arrested earlier this month for allegedly writing a prescription for Lorazepam, a controlled drug used to treat anxiety.
Detective Sgt. T.L. Hodsden, an investigator with the state police drug diversion unit, said Conn wrote and filled the false prescription last month while working as a temporary pharmacist at Price Chopper in downtown Rutland.
None of the other prescriptions Conn filled during her six-month stint in Rutland raised any suspicions, Hodsden said.
Police were led to Conn by a loss prevention representative at the supermarket who found the order she filled for herself odd.
“She pretended that her doctor called it in and she filled it for herself, but it was a Troy doctor who she said called it in to Rutland which is how attention got called to it,” Hodsden said.
While used to treat anxiety, Lorazepam can be abused and is addictive, the detective said.
“She said she couldn’t get back (to New York) to get the prescription for herself so she just filled it,” he said. “She admitted that what she did was wrong and said she wants to pay restitution.”
Conn was also charged with possessing 39 Oxycontin pills — a powerful painkiller — that were found in a prescription pill bottle labeled as containing a different type of drug.
Rutland City Police referred the case to state police, which was also assisted by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, New York State Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and the Price Chopper Loss Prevention Department.
No federal charges were brought in the case, but Conn was arrested and issued a citation to appear June 17 in Rutland criminal court.