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May 12, 2014

Prescriptions forged here, Lowndes

THOMASVILLE — A 26-year-old Boston man admitted forging prescriptions for hydrocodone here and in Lowndes County.

Dustin Douglas Hughes, 105 S. Oak St., Boston, admitted forging a physician assistant’s signature on prescriptions for hydrocodone, said Kevin Lee, commander of the Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division.

Lee said his agency was contacted by a local medical facility about a former employee having possibly printed bogus prescriptions with his name as the patient.

“We were told he had possibly used a physician assistant’s signature from another county,” Lee said.

Agents learned from the physician assistant the prescriptions had been forged and were not valid. Personnel at the medical facility also said the prescriptions were invalid.

The investigation led to Hughes.

“He admitted to doing it three times,” Lee said. “He admitted to forging the documents.”

The commander said Hughes forged two prescriptions here and one in Lowndes County.

The suspect is charged with one count of forgery in the first degree.

Lee said Hughes will be charged or indicted on two more forgery counts and three counts of obtaining drugs by fraud.

Hughes was released from the Thomas County Jail on a $3,100 bond.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820.

 

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