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Woman Arrested For Forging Ambien Prescription at Walmart

The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.
The Warwick Police Department is located at 99 Veterans Memorial Drive.

Warwick, RI – A Walmart pharmacist alerted police to an East Greenwich woman attempting to pass a false prescription for Ambien March 6 at 2:36 p.m., leading to the woman’s arrest.

According to Officer Michael Walker’s report, the pharmacist at the Walmart at 650 Bald Hill Road noticed there was something wrong with the prescription for Ambien passed by Robin Lees, 52, of 3 Monroe Dr., East Greewnich. The pharmacist said the top of the prescription appeared blurry, and there were lines through the box for refills.

The pharmacist called the nurse practicioner listed on the prescription, who said the prescription wasn’t valid. The pharmacist then called police.

Officer Darren Parrillo also responded to the call. He spoke with Lees, who told him that she was having trouble sleeping but her doctor wouldn’t prescribe more Abmien. So, she said, she forged the prescription to get more herself, according to the officer’s report.

Walker also visited the nurse practitioner , who told him Lees was last in the nurse’s office Dec. 23, 2014. The nurse practitioner also informed him she’d received inquiries from a pharmacy in Attleboro asking if she’d written a prescription for Lees on March 4.

The WalMart pharmacy also informed Walker that Lees had attempted to get false prescriptions filled in at a Rite-Aid in Pawtucket, and a Walgreens in East Greenwich.

The officers arrested Lees, charging her with one count of false representation to obtain a controlled substance, a felony.

She is scheduled to appear in Third District Court at the Kent County Courthouse April 6 for a court screening on the charges.

Rob Borkowski
Author: Rob Borkowski

Rob has worked as reporter and editor for several publications, including The Kent County Daily Times and Coventry Courier, before working for Gatehouse in MA then moving home with Patch Media. Now he's publisher and editor of Contact him at [email protected] with tips, press releases, advertising inquiries, and concerns.

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