BECKLEY, W.Va. — Federal prosecutors say a former Beckley-area physician’s office employee faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to illegally obtaining the prescription painkiller oxycodone.
Tina Marie Richmond, 41, entered her plea in federal court in Beckley on Tuesday.
Authorities say Richmond stole a prescription pad belonging to her former employer in August, forged the doctor’s and then gave it to a known acquaintance in exchange for money.
An investigation determined that the forged prescription, written for 90 30-milligram oxycodone pills, was filled at a Beckley pharmacy.
Richmond also faces up to a $1 million fine when she is sentenced on April 17.