A Cobb County woman is accused of fraudulently obtaining powerful prescription painkillers for nearly two years from a pharmacy in Cherokee County.
The Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad arrested and charged Sarah Lichtenberger, 47, with 93 felony counts in connection to her actions that officials say began in April 2017.
Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jay Baker said CMANS agents were tipped off about two weeks ago when Lichtenberger, of Kennesaw, filled a prescription at a pharmacy in that county.
“Something about that transaction set off a red flag with the pharmacist,” Baker said.
CMANS agents began an investigation, which determined Lichtenberger had filled more than 30 prescriptions for herself and another person at the same pharmacy over the last 23 months.
A search of her Kennesaw home revealed Lichtenberger allegedly had a pharmacy book with unsigned refill forms from Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists, an obstetrics and gynecology office where she used to work, Baker said.
Lichtenberger allegedly filled prescriptions for two opioids: Percocet and narco, a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen.
Baker said Lichtenberger, who was employed at another facility at the time of her arrest, was charged with four counts every time she filled a prescription: forgery, identity fraud, possession of a schedule II drug and obtaining a controlled substance by forgery.
She was booked into the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center on Friday and released Saturday on a $69,000 bond.
Baker said there’s no indication she was distributing the narcotics.
“It appears she was a user of the drugs,” he added.
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