Police: Pleasant View man forged prescriptions

Thursday , August 28, 2014 - 1:20 PM

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By MORGAN BRIESMASTER
Standard-Examiner staff

PLEASANT VIEW — A 53-year-old Pleasant View man has been arrested on allegations of forging 16 prescriptions for controlled substances.

From April to August, Jeffery Powell obtained the prescriptions for hydrocodone at Smith’s pharmacy and Lee's pharmacies in North Ogden and at Macey's pharmacy in South Ogden, police said. 

According to the probable cause affidavit, each prescription was issued under the name Dr. Dennis Smith. However, “Doctor Smith has provided a statement that he did not issue or authorize any of the prescriptions in question and verified they were all forgeries,” the document said.

On Wednesday, police said Powell admitted an addiction to hydrocodone and told them he used his computer to print off the prescriptions, which he would present to the pharmacies to have filled.

Powell was taken to the Weber County Jail, where bail is set at $80,000. He is accused of falsifying, forging or altering a prescription of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, which holds a maximum sentence of up to five years in the Utah State Prison. Arraignment was scheduled for Friday before 2nd District Court Judge Brent West in Ogden.

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