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Pair arrested for prescription fraud

An Augusta couple was taken into custody on charges of prescription forgery at a Thomson drug store last week, authorities say.

The suspects were identified as Donna Maria Washington, 47, of the 2800 block of Hazel Street and Donald Lorenzo Evans, 53, of the 100 block of East Street, Augusta, according to Lt. Scott Whittle of the Thomson Police Department.

Ms. Washington was charged with Violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act for two counts of obtaining prescription drugs by fraudulent means and one count of criminal attempt to obtain prescription drugs by fraudulent means, Lt. Whittle said. Mr. Evans was charged with VGCSA for three counts of obtaining prescription drugs by fraudulent means, he added.

After their arrests, the two were taken to the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center. They since have been released on bonds in the amounts of $15,000 each.

Ms. Washington is accused of entering Moye Pharmacy on April 20 about 11:45 a.m. and retrieving two forged prescriptions, Lt. Whittle said. She was waiting on a third one to be filled when she was arrested.

Police had received a telephone call from a pharmacist at the drug store indicating possible prescription forgery.

Lt. Whittle later took Mr. Evans into custody after he tried to leave the store while being questioned.

Thomson Police Chief Joseph D. Nelson and Officer Josh Caston arrived on the scene assisted in the arrests.

Web posted on Thursday, April 29, 2010

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