Belington woman arrested 9 months after warrant issued

Nearly nine months after a warrant for her arrest was issued, a 21-year-old Belington woman was apprehended Thursday by police for allegedly obtaining prescription drugs by forgery.

Kimberly Rochelle Nicholson allegedly forged a prescription for Percocet from a local doctor and picked it up at the Kroger on 11th Street in Elkins last spring.

According to the criminal complaint in the Randolph County Magistrate Clerk’s Office, on April 9, 2012, at approximately 8 p.m., Nicholson allegedly picked up a prescription for 120 325 mg Percocet pills.

Dr. William San Pablo, whose clinic is located at 201 Main Street in Elkins, reported that the same prescription had been stolen, the complaint states. Pablo told the investigating officer, Lt. S.D. Richards with the Elkins Police Department, that the writing on the prescription slip Nicholson gave to Kroger pharmacists was not his and that Nicholson has never been his patient.

The security camera at Kroger allegedly captured a video of Nicholson walking up to the pharmacy counter with another woman and then signing and paying for the Percocet.

Magistrate Rob Elbon set bond at $25,000 cash or surety, and as of presstime, Nicholson remained incarcerated in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

The penalty for a conviction of obtaining a prescription by forgery is a prison term of one to four years in the state penitentiary, a fine of up to $30,000 or both.

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