PRINCETON, W.Va. — A former physician’s assistant and his girlfriend face multiple charges of prescription fraud after allegedly obtaining drugs illegally for personal use.
According to the Bluefield Police Department, Douglas Smith and Tammy Reeves are charged with 165 counts of prescription fraud and conspiracy.
Authorities became aware of the situation in June when Reeves allegedly tried to get two fraudulent prescriptions filed at the GoodyKoontz Pharmacy. Reeves said the prescription was for a family member who was hospitalized. A representative of Princeton Community Hospital told a pharmacy employee that individual was not a patient and the prescriptions were not valid.
Reeves told authorities the prescriptions were written by Smith. Officers found multiple prescription bottles and prescription slips in Reeves’ purse.
Authorities also said the doctor whose name was forged on the prescriptions did not write the prescriptions, and that Smith and Reeves were in a three-year relationship.
Smith told authorities he had written around 200 false prescriptions for controlled substances over the past six months.