Woman accused of obtaining prescription by fraud


A Pine Bluff woman was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly forged a prescription for pain killers and picked up the prescription at the Walmart Supercenter in Pine Bluff.

Tonya Mitchner, 39, allegedly worked with a woman whose name was on the prescription, Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said during a court hearing Thursday.

Detective James Huff said in a probable cause affidavit that the alleged victim received two text messages from Walmart telling her that two prescription were ready, and the woman told police she should have had only one prescription, for birth control pills.

When the alleged victim went to Walmart, she was told that someone had picked up one of the prescriptions, and that the person who picked it up was wearing red scrubs.

Huff said in the affidavit that the alleged victim and Mitchner worked together at a clinic in White Hall, and Mitchner had been wearing red scrubs the day the prescription was picked up.

Achorn said that when Mitchner was questioned, she allegedly admitted buying the pain killers, but claimed that the other woman had asked her to do it.

Huff said in the affidavit that the alleged victim also told police that Mitchner had been asking her questions about her birth date.

Because she has no prior convictions or pending charges, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $7,500 bond for Mitchner after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with forgery and fraud.

Kearney ordered Mitchner to come back to court July 11.