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Woman arrested after pharmacist notices prescription altered from 30 pills to 80

Christina Snavely

Christina Snavely

Prescott police arrested a woman without incident at her home Monday on charges including two counts of forgery after she tried to obtain drugs with forged prescriptions, a police spokesman said.

Officers booked Christina Snavely, 29, of Prescott Valley, into Camp Verde jail on two counts of forgery, one count of obtaining a narcotic drug by fraud and one count of obtaining a dangerous drug by fraud.

On March 9, the office manager at a local doctor's office called police to report that a patient had altered a doctor's prescriptions to try to obtain more of a medication, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

"Detectives said their investigation showed that Snavely did not sell the extra medication, they think she used it for her own purposes," Reinhardt said.

The office manager told the officer that the doctor saw Snavely on March 4 and wrote her two prescriptions.

On March 6, the Highway 69 Wal-Mart pharmacy manager refused to fill a prescription Snavely presented for 80 pills of hydrocodone, because it looked altered and the doctor could not be contacted, according to the police report.

When Wal-Mart pharmacy staff called the doctor's office, the office manager told them the original prescription was for 30 pills not 80 and not to fill the prescription.

Then the officer learned that Snavely had filled a prescription for 60 pills of 2 mg clonazepam at a Walgreen's Pharmacy in Prescott Valley.

When the officer told the pharmacy employee the doctor had prescribed 1 mg clonazepam, she checked the prescription and said it looked altered, according to the police report.

A receptionist at the doctor's office called the officer on March 11 to let him know that she had made a copy of the doctor's original hydrocodone prescription for Snavely for her records.

When detectives showed Snavely her original hydrocodone prescription for 30 pills and the altered one for 80 pills, she said she had changed the prescription, Reinhardt said. But Snavely denied altering the clonazepam prescription, Reinhardt said.