OGDEN — Police say a woman forged dozens of prescriptions over a yearlong period to obtain nearly 14,000 pain pills and other controlled substances.
She told investigators her husband needed pain medication because of an addiction.
Shani Mortenson, 55, was charged in 2nd District Court Wednesday with 10 counts of third-degree felony forgery. She was booked, posted $28,900 bail and was released from the Weber County Jail.
A probable cause statement filed by the Weber-Morgan Narcotics Strike Force said Mortenson had been a medical assistant for a doctor in Washington Terrace.
The statement alleged she generated and printed prescriptions and stamped signatures of the doctor and two nurse practitioners. The prescriptions, most of them made out alternately to Mortenson and her husband, were filled in Morgan and Ogden from at least February 2018 until this month, the statement said.
Investigators said the doctor told them on Feb. 20 this year that a doctor at Ogden Regional Medical Center became suspicious of the prescription history of a male patient and asked him about it.
The doctor said he had never treated Mortenson or her husband for pain or anything else.
Strike force agents obtained controlled substance prescription database records from the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing. The transactions listed included prescriptions for narcotics, stimulants and other controlled substances.
Police interviewed Mortenson on Tuesday. The probable cause statement said she told them she had access to generate prescriptions at her workplace.
The 10 forgery counts filed against her involve alleged actions from only Jan. 1 to Feb. 21 this year.
Mortenson’s first court appearance is scheduled March 13 before Judge Jennifer Valencia.
She did not have an attorney of record as of Thursday afternoon.