2011-10-07 / Front Page

One of 2 women charged with prescription forgery reportedly a nurse at UCMC

By TiM GUllA Ledger Staff Writer tim@gaffneyledger.com

Upstate Carolina Medical Center reported the theft of a prescription pad Oct. 3 after being advised that a hospital employee was arrested in North Carolina following a Boiling Springs Police Department investigation of an allegedly forged prescription.

Boiling Springs police arrested two women, 27-year-old Rebecca Grace Sapoch and 26- year-old Amy D. Henderson, both of Tiney Road, Ellenboro, N.C., on Oct. 3 for attempting to obtain a controlled substance by forgery or fraud. A Boiling Springs Police Department arrest report lists Sapoch as being employed as a nurse at Upstate Carolina Medical Center.

After being advised of the investigation by the Boiling Springs Police Department on Oct. 3, an official at Upstate Carolina Medical Center filed a report with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office claiming a prescription pad was taken from the hospital some time after Sept. 8, according to an incident report at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the Boiling Springs Police Department report, it began its investigation at about 7 p.m. Oct. 3 after receiving a call that an allegedly forged prescription had been submitted to CVS Pharmacy in Boiling Springs.

While police were at the scene reviewing videotapes, Boiling Springs Patrolman Anthony Fields wrote in his report that Sapoch came back to the CVS to pick up the filled prescription.

Both Sapoch and Henderson, who was outside in a car, subsequently agreed to talk with police and both gave voluntary statements, according to Fields’ report.

The officer wrote in his report that Henderson matched the description of the woman seen dropping off the prescription, which was in Sapoch’s name, in the pharmacy’s video surveillance footage.

The officer alleged that Henderson had a bottle of the drug “hydrocodon” in her bag, which she allegedly admitted was obtained with a forged prescription. The officer also wrote in his report that he recovered from a vehicle a bag of pills with Henderson’s name on it, as well as another pill bottle that had the same date and doctor’s name as the other pill bottle he found.

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