Pharmacy finds false prescription that nets two arrests

A falsified prescription left in the night box of Mace’s Pharmacy in Philippi led to two felony arrests Tuesday.

The forged prescription was written for hydrocodone, according to a press release from the Philippi City Police Department.

Randall Mark Montgomery, 31, of Galloway, was arrested for one felony count of forgery and one felony count of conspiracy.

Jason Paul Daugherty, 29, of Philippi, was arrested for one felony count of uttering and one felony count of conspiracy. Both were arraigned by Barbour County Magistrate Kathi McBee and are free on $10,000 bonds.

According to the criminal complaint on file in the Barbour County Magistrate Clerk’s office, Daugherty allegedly attempted to pick up a forged prescription that was written for Montgomery. The press release states that Montgomery was waiting in a car outside the pharmacy.

Chief Jeff Walters and Patrolman Shane Miller of the Philippi City Police, along with Chief Deputy Brett Carpenter with the Barbour County Sheriff’s Department, all responded to Mace’s Pharmacy. As law enforcement officials were escorting Daugherty outside, Montgomery allegedly began walking toward the pharmacy, where he encountered officers and told them he was with Daugherty, the complaint states.

The complaint states that, on Tuesday, the date of the arrests, Mace’s Pharmacy staff advised law enforcement of a potential fraudulent prescription found in the night box. A pharmacy representative called the doctor whose alleged signature appeared on the prescription, but that doctor advised the pharmacy that she had not written the prescription, according to the complaint. Police Chief Jeff Walters said he would not release the name of the doctor.

“The Philippi Police Department would like to commend the staff of Mace’s Pharmacy for their excellent work in detecting the alleged forgery,” Walters wrote in the press release.

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