Odon woman charged

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

A Daviess County woman was in Greene Superior Court on Monday to be formally charged with two counts that she obtained a controlled substance at a Bloomfield pharmacy with a stolen medical prescriptions.

Jennifer E. Smith, 42, of Odon made an initial court appearance on two charges of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, forgery or deceit ---- a class D felony.

Judge David Holt set a 9 a.m. Aug. 10 trial by jury in the case.

Smith remains free on $8,000 bond.

Smith is alleged to have filled two prescriptions at the Bloomfield CVS Pharmacy using a doctor's pad that had been stolen from Bloomington Dr. John Cronkhite on April 21. The medication obtained was Alprazolam and Lorecet ---- both Schedule IV controlled substances, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Bloomfield deputy town marshal Kevin Gilpin.

Pharmacist Brian Williams told police that someone posing as a female nurse for Dr. Cronkhite called the prescription in for Alprazolam on April 20. While at the store, Smith was acting "suspicious" when she came to the pharmacy pickup window and complained of having a panic attack, Williams told police.

The next day, Williams received a call for the prescription painkiller Lorecet from the same female nurse. When she gave a Bloomfield telephone number for the doctor's office, Williams said he became suspicious and called the actual physician's number in Bloomington and was told that Smith was not a patient there.

Williams contacted police when Smith arrived at the store to pickup the second prescription.

Smith told police that she thought she was "being set" up by a man she called Jimmy Rather, who had allegedly called her early on April 20 and told her he had stolen a prescription from Bloomington Hospital and he was going to call CVS for medication in her name.

She alleged that Rather then threatened to "kill both her and her daughter" if she did not carry through with the plan to pickup the 60 Lorecet tablets.

Smith admitted to police that she did go to CVS and fraudulently purchase the medication. She also alleged that Rather came to her house later that night and put a gun to her head while he took the cap off the bottle of pills with one hand and poured the pills into his pocket and threw the bottle, which still contained 13 pills, to the floor.

The next morning, she told police that she received another call from Rather, who instructed her to go back to the pharmacy to pickup a second prescription that he was going to falsely call in. He told her to go to a phone booth down the street and wait for him to come and let her know when she could pick up the prescription.

According to court records, when asked why she did not report the threat from Rather to police, she said, "she was scared for her life, because he told Smith that her and her daughter's lives were in danger."

Gilpin also wrote, "I did not believe Ms. Smith's version of the events due to the fact that a female called in the prescriptions for Ms. Smith, not Jimmy Rather."

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