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Couple charged with attempted prescription fraud

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A Maiden couple tried to pass fake prescriptions for two different kinds of narcotics Wednesday night at a Lincolnton pharmacy, deputies said.
Amber Elizabeth Henson, 30, and Kristopher Benjamin Henson, 33, entered The Drug Store on East Main Street around 7:30 p.m. and asked a pharmacist to fill prescriptions for Alprazolam and Oxycodone, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.
While the couple filled out paperwork at the pharmacy, store officials contacted deputies, telling officers they were suspicious of the pill request since the two were not common customers of the pharmacy.
When officers arrived on scene, they arrested the duo, and charged them both with two felony counts of attempting to obtain prescriptions by forgery and one felony count of conspiracy.
Amber Henson was additionally charged with uttering a forged instrument, one felony count of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies also filed a felony count of probation violation against Kristopher Henson.
The Sheriff’s Office said the suspects reside at 3243 Falcon Ridge Road and are believed to be involved in a drug ring throughout Lincoln and Catawba County.
Drug investigators said individuals in the ring are known for trying to pass forged prescriptions using similar blank scripts from a doctor’s office.
In an attempt to crack down on such acts, deputies have warned area pharmacies about the crime ring and its common practices.
In an agency press release, Sheriff David Carpenter commented on the tight-knit work relationship between his agency’s Narcotics Division and local drug stores.
“With this teamwork, we will continue to arrest these abusers that work together in groups…and hopefully send them to prison for an extended amount of time,” he said.
Both suspects remain behind bars, Amber Henson under a $40,000 secured bond and Kristopher Henson under a $35,500 secured bond.

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