Area woman pleads guilty in forged prescriptions case

ELKINS – A Belington woman entered a guilty plea to conspiracy in Randolph County Circuit Court Thursday in regard to her involvement with forged prescriptions.

Kimberley Rochelle Nicholson, 22, of Belington, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess a controlled substance by fraud, a felony. She could be facing one to five years in a state penitentiary. Nicholson will remain free on bond pending sentencing, which is scheduled for June 3.

Nicholson admitted to conspiring with another individual to forge a prescription for Percocet from a local doctor. She told the court she picked up a prescription for 120 325 mg Percocet pills at the Elkins Kroger store in April 2012.

According to the criminal complaint, Dr. William San Pablo, whose clinic is located at 201 Main Street in Elkins, told police 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.

Randolph County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Parker said the other individual Nicholson was referring to is Michelle Skidmore, 42, of Belington, who is named in Nicholson’s indictment. Skidmore is 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.

In February 2013, Skidmore was also 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.

Also in Randolph County Circuit Court Thursday:

Nathaniel Bragg, 23, an inmate of Tygart Valley Regional Jail, was sentenced to one to five years in a state penitentiary after pleading guilty to one count of possession of a stolen vehicle on March 27. That sentence was suspended in favor of an alternative sentence, such as supervised probation in Virginia, where Bragg originally resided.

Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Jaymie Godwin Wilfong said that since Bragg had no ties in West Virginia, was a first time offender and had taken responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty, she would grant an alternative sentence.

Bragg also agreed to be extradited back to Virginia, where he will be facing separate charges.

Bond was revoked for Paul Jason Armstong, 31, of Beverly, after Community Corrections officials reported numerous violations, including using baking soda to mask results of a drug test.

Armstrong’s sentence was reinstated and he was sent to prison. He had been sentenced in November to one to five years for one count of possession of a controlled substance and one to five years for one count of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance. Those sentences are to run consecutively for a total of two to 10 years in a state penitentiary.

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