Lincoln couple charged with forging prescriptions

slyttle@charlotteobserver.comJanuary 23, 2014 

A Lincoln County couple has been charged with trying to pass a forged medical prescription, and authorities say they think it might be just part of a larger ring operating in a two-county area.

The sheriff’s office said Amber and Kristopher Henson of Maiden were arrested about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Drug Store, on East Main Street in Lincolnton.

Deputies say the couple tried to pass prescriptions for Alprazolam and Oxycodone. Since the two were not regular customers of the pharmacy, they were asked to fill out paperwork and wait for approval.

In the meantime, pharmacy employees called the sheriff’s office. Investigators say they have alerted pharmacies in the area that a number of blank scripts were taken from a doctor’s office, and authorities said the pharmacies were told what the scripts look like.

Amber Henson, 30, was charged with two felony counts of attempting to obtain prescriptions by forgery and uttering a forged instrument. She also was charged with one felony count each of possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy. She was jailed under $40,000 bond.

Kristopher Henson, 33, was charged with two felony counts of attempting to obtain prescriptions by forgery and one count each of conspiracy and parole violation.

Deputies said Kristopher Henson also was served several outstanding misdemeanor warrants. He was jailed under $35,000 bond.

Investigators said they think the couple is part of a larger operation in Lincoln and Catawba counties.

“We are thankful for the strong working relationship our narcotics investigators have formed with all our local pharmacies,” Lincoln County Sheriff David Carpenter said.

Anyone with information about the fake prescription operation is asked to call detectives at 704-268-3036 and leave a message.

Lyttle: 704-358-6107; Twitter: @slyttle

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