Hudson woman charged with changing pill prescription

Posted Dec. 06, 2011, at 6:12 p.m.
Crystal Corbett
Penobscot County Jail
Crystal Corbett

CORINTH, Maine — A Hudson woman was given a legal prescription for Vicodin, but when she attempted to fill it at the Community Pharmacy last week the pharmacist noticed the prescription had been altered, Deputy James Kennedy of Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday.

“It had been changed from 10 pills to 110 pills,” the deputy said.

Crystal Corbett, 31, entered the pharmacy at around 10 a.m. Nov. 28 and was arrested by Kennedy shortly afterward. She was charged with felony acquiring drugs by deception, as well as forgery and violating her bail conditions.

“She’s trying to allege she didn’t alter it,” the deputy said. “She’s alleging that her friend did it.”

Corbett’s prescribing doctor wrote the pain pill prescription using a regular number and also a Roman numeral in brackets. It was the added “C” — the Roman numeral for 100 — squeezed into the bracket that made the pharmacist take notice, Kennedy said.

Corbett was taken to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor and later released, a jail official said.

She could face up to five years in prison and a fine of $5,000 if convicted of the felony acquiring drugs by deception charge.

Corbett has a few convictions on her criminal record. One, for operating a vehicle while under influence of intoxicants, sent her to jail for 10 days in April, according to court listings printed in the Bangor Daily News. In addition to the jail time, Corbett’s driver’s license was suspended for three years and she was fined $700.

She has a prior OUI conviction from 2008 and an assault conviction from December 2009, the BDN listings state.

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