- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina woman has admitted to federal drug offenses.

The Times-News reports that Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kennedy Gates and Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Joseph Chut Jr. prosecuted the case against 41-year-old Heather Smith Elliott. She’s accused in a scheme which fraudulently obtained more than 8,000 hydrocodone pills from CVS pharmacies in Alamance and Guilford counties using forged prescriptions that appeared to have been issued by a neurosurgeon at Duke University Medical Center.

Elliott pleaded guilty to multiple charges including counts of obtaining a controlled substance fraudulently, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

Court documents show Elliot forged and counterfeited roughly 130 hydrocodone prescriptions for herself and five others. None was a patient of the neurosurgeon whose name was used.

Elliot’s sentencing is set for Jan. 18.


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