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Prescott man suspected of presenting altered narcotics prescriptions

<b> Randy Scott Hultman</b>

<b> Randy Scott Hultman</b>

Prescott police arrested a man Dec. 20 on charges of forgery after he allegedly repeatedly presented altered prescriptions for narcotics at local pharmacies.

An officer booked Randy Scott Hultman, 31, of Prescott, into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of forgery, fraud schemes, obtaining narcotics by fraud, possession of a narcotic drug, identity theft, obtaining prescription drugs by fraud and possession of prescription-only drugs.

On Dec. 18 an officer answered a call from a dentist about a former patient forging the dentist's name on altered prescriptions to obtain Lortab, a narcotic, from Safeway and Fry's pharmacies. The officer learned that the dentist had seen Hultman in November, recommended he see a specialist for a procedure, and prescribed some Lortab and an antibiotic for Hultman in the meantime, according to the police report.

The dentist told the officer that a pharmacist at Safeway called him to determine if the prescription for Lortab that Hultman presented him was legitimate and the dentist said it was not. The dentist then called Fry's and learned Hultman had allegedly filled numerous prescriptions for Lortab there as well.

The pharmacists gave the officer the original prescription from the dentist and others that came afterward. The officer determined that the other prescriptions were photocopies and that the dentist's signature was forged, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

"If there is any belief that a prescription is forged or altered, pharmacists should call the doctor's office to verify it," Reinhardt said.

Hultman told officers that he was sorry, he knew he was going to get caught and that he was addicted to painkillers, according to the police report. He told officers that he was on probation for forgery and possession of narcotics charges in 2009 and asked if he was going to prison, according to the police report.

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