Women arrested on theft charge


A missing prescription pad from a local doctor’s office has led to the arrest of two women on drug and theft charges.

Mendi L. Camp, 40, of Scottsburg, and Tammy Weidner, 36, of Pekin, were linked to the theft after an investigation showed several forged prescriptions had been used at drugstores in Jackson, Scott and Jefferson counties, according to a news release from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

Detective Lt. Darin Downs said the investigation began April 29 when Sheriff Mike Carothers looked into a report from a doctor’s office about someone forging a prescription on a tablet from that office.

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The doctor’s office learned about the forged prescription after a drugstore in Scott County noticed something unusual on a prescription, called the doctor’s office and found it was not valid, Downs said.

During the investigation, Downs said it was discovered that someone had been writing forged prescriptions throughout late 2014 up until the investigation began.

Weidner’s name was signed on some of the forged prescriptions, which is what led police to her and then to Camp, Downs said.

On July 2, Downs received Jackson Circuit Court warrants for the arrests of Weidner and Camp.

Camp faces charges of two counts of unlawful possession of a Legend Drug or knowingly possessing a Legend Drug, theft, assisting a criminal, interfering with a drug or alcohol screening and possession of paraphernalia.

Weidner faces two counts of forgery, two counts of forgery of a prescription drug, Medicaid fraud and theft. The forgery charges are all Level 6 felonies.

Downs said Camp was found to be carrying a vial of clean urine leading to the charge of interfering with a drug or alcohol test. Weidner’s Medicaid account was billed for the prescriptions, leading to the Medicaid fraud charge. He said police also found some drugs on Camp during her arrest, leading to the two violation of the Legend Drug Act charges. Camp also is a former employee of the doctor office where the missing tablet was reported.

Camp was arrested and booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown early Thursday. Weidner was arrested Wednesday afternoon. Both were being held without bond pending initial hearings in Jackson Circuit Court.

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