Woman faces fraud, forgery felony charges

BELINGTON – A Belington woman was arrested Thursday evening on 18 felony charges, including fraud and forgery, accusing her of writing false prescriptions for painkillers, police said.

Michelle Skidmore, 42, was charged with six counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, six counts of conspiracy to obtain a controlled substance by fraud and six counts of forgery, all felonies.

Skidmore is out on bond, a West Virginia State Police representative said Friday.

State Police officials began an investigation in April 2012 into the fraudulent acquisition of prescription drugs from the Belington Prescription Center, according to the criminal complaint.

Skidmore admitted to writing prescriptions for oxycodone and Percocet for six separate individuals from the Belington Prescription Center, the complaint states.

A pharmacist at the Center, Alyson Shepp, “provided documentation of the fraudulent prescriptions which had come through her pharmacy” as well as a list of the Board of Pharmacy reports for the suspects and other documentation pertaining to the missing prescriptions, the criminal complaint states.

Dr. William San Pablo provided documentation to police to indicate that someone was writing the fraudulent prescriptions, according to the complaint.

The prescriptions were written between Jan. 10, 2012 and March 27, 2012, police said.

On Tuesday, a Special Response Team -including entry teams, special units and even a drug robot – was involved in the execution of a drug warrant at a residence near the Weaver area, state police officials said.

Sgt. J.A. Wyatt told The Inter-Mountain Thursday the warrant was for a female individual who was supposedly living in the residence but was not found there Thursday by police crews. The female contacted State Police officials Thursday and told them that she was willing to turn herself in, Wyatt said.

A state police representative on Friday could not confirm that Skidmore was the same individual involved in the warrant-serving incident. However, Wyatt is the investigating officer who signed the criminal complaints in the court filings for the 18 criminal charges against Skidmore.

In February 2013, Skidmore was charged with seven felony counts of forgery in Randolph County after she allegedly took sheets from the prescription pad of San Pablo’s office in Elkins, her former workplace, and wrote fraudulent prescriptions on them.

At that time Lt. S.D. Richards of the Elkins City Police, the investigating officer, reported that in March and April of 2012, Skidmore allegedly wrote and signed seven fraudulent prescriptions for six individuals. Six of the prescriptions were for Percocet and one was for Xanax.

Contact Chad Clem by email at cclem@theintermountain.com.