Healthcare employee arrested for forging prescription

Posted at: 11/08/2012 6:35 PM
Updated at: 11/08/2012 7:34 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Investigators arrested a woman who worked at a physician's office after she allegedly forged a prescription for a painkiller.

The arrest came as a result of a vigilant pharmacist who noticed something on the prescription did not seem quite right.

"Part of her duty was to call in prescriptions for the doctor so she knew how to do it, she knew the right things to say to the pharmacist and she knew what to provide to make it seem like a legitimate prescription," Larry Loring, a state drug inspector for the New Mexico Board of Pharmacy, said.

Investigators arrested Kim Sandoval as she picked up her forged prescription for 90 tablets of Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen at ABQ Health Partners Pharmacy located at 5150 Journal Center Blvd, the same building where she worked.

"Forging prescriptions, acquiring controlled substances, any kind of fraud or deceit, is a felony - 4th degree felony in New Mexico - it's a serious problem," Loring said.

New Mexico tops the country when it comes to prescription drug overdose. Prescription pill fraud cases like Sandoval's are all too prevalent.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 recently reported on a Lovelace employee arrested for trafficking and also taking pills from the pharmacy where she worked.

"There are so many controls placed on these drugs in pharmacies that you can't take stuff for very long before somebody notices it - a lot of this stuff is behind the scenes, but we're always out there, we're always watching," Loring said. "We are going to catch these people that are stealing drugs."

Sandoval is no longer employed at ABQ Health Partners.