Man arrested for allegedly forging prescriptions (updated)

Published 7:05 pm Friday, November 15, 2013

A Maplesville man was arrested Oct. 31 on charges of possessing and receiving a controlled substance for allegedly forging prescriptions at pharmacies in Chilton and Shelby counties.

Brian Smith, 33 of Maplesville, forged prescriptions at Maplesville Pharmacy, Winn-Dixie in Clanton and Walmart in Calera, according to Maplesville Police Chief Todd Ingram and Lt. Kevin Turner, commander of the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force.

The SCDETF issued an arrest warrant for Smith on Oct. 23 for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, just before the Maplesville Police Department issued a warrant for Smith for forging two prescriptions at Maplesville Pharmacy.

The warrants were issued within about a week of each other, Ingram said.

“We investigated the charge with the crime, and we obtained warrants and turned those into the [Shelby County] Sheriff’s Office,” Turner said. “From there, it looks like he (Smith) surrendered himself to the Shelby County Jail.”

Smith said he was not transported to Shelby County Jail by law enforcement.

“Yes, there were warrants for my arrest, but no, Shelby County never picked me up,” Smith said.

Although Smith was not transported by officers to the jail, Turner said technically he was arrested when he surrendered himself to law enforcement Oct. 31, and an arrest report was completed.

Smith was released Oct. 31 on a $10,000 bond.

Smith said the prescriptions were called in by his nurse, and the nurse never checked with the doctor before calling in the medication.

Earlier this year on March 1, Smith was arrested by Maplesville police officers and charged with burglary in the second degree, criminal trespass in the first degree and criminal mischief in the second degree after breaking into a home in Maplesville.

During an investigation conducted by the Maplesville Police Department, Ingram said Smith confessed to breaking into other homes in the area, and he had stolen prescription medications from the homes.

Smith pleaded guilty before a grand jury and was awaiting his sentencing hearing in Chilton County when he was arrested on the charges related to forging prescriptions.

“We’re in the process of trying to get his bond revoked so he would go back to jail until his sentencing hearing,” Ingram said.

Ingram was unsure when Smith’s sentencing hearing will take place.

A bond revocation hearing has yet to be held.