Lufkin woman accepts drug rehab, probation for prescription fraud

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin woman will spend tonight behind bars before she heads to drug recovery program. Then she will serve five years of probation for prescription fraud.

Peggy Williamson pleaded guilty today for falsely obtaining hydrocodone from four doctors on 11 different occasions. East Texas News was at the courthouse and got information on how pharmacies are combating this crime.

Williamson, 62, appeared in court today. She accepted a plea deal for prescription drug fraud, and as she left to begin her stay, she was in no hurry to talk.

Williamson declined to comment on whether or not she thought she could get away with the prescription fraud.

"When we put the prescription in, it will notify us that there is another prescription filled because they paid for it, but if they pay cash we don't have any way of knowing," Gary Hendrick, a pharmacist with Timberland Discount Pharmacy, said.

The only way to detect fraud when a person pays with cash is by checking their name against a state online registry, but it also comes down to intuition.

Another way is just an instinct you have when they walk through the door whether it's a good signature or not," Hendrick said. "It just takes years of experience."

In addition to all the ways to stop prescription drug fraud, Hendrick believes that it could be resolved with better communication between doctors and pharmacists.

Williamson's probation will begin once she completes her program, and she will be required to pay a $500 fine, along with court cost fees. She had a total of 23 counts against her,

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