The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

January 21, 2014

Fairfield woman charged with fraudulent prescription

FAIRFIELD — A report of an attempted fraudulent prescription has led to an arrest in Fairfield, and some patients of a local dentist have had personal information compromised as a result of the crime.

According to a Fairfield Police Department news release, on Jan. 16 an individual tried to have a fraudulent prescription filled at the Walmart Pharmacy in Fairfield. The prescription was apparently trying to be made off of a stolen prescription pad belonging to Dr. Gary Roth, DDS, of Fairfield.

Police arrested Heather J. Vorhies, 29, of Fairfield, for trying to fill the fraudulent prescription and executed a search warrant at her residence in the 100 block of West Fillmore Avenue in Fairfield.

The search warrant was executed on Jan. 17, and there officers found the stolen prescription pad, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Roth also aided in the investigation with identifying Vorhies.

At this point, according to the press release, three individuals who are patients of Dr. Roth have had part of their personal information compromised. Fairfield police will be assisting anyone who is notified by Roth of the compromise with registering as identity theft victims, which will place them in a program that will tell them if anyone attempts to take out a line of credit in their name over a three-year period.

Vorhies was charged with prohibited acts (fraudulent prescription), a class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison; possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and up to a $625 fine.

The investigation is ongoing, according to the news release, and there are additional charges pending.

— To see reporter Josh Vardaman's Twitter feed, go to @CourierJosh

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