If you drive about three hours south of Weirton, you will come to the Charleston suburb of Summersville, famous for sitting right next to West Virginia's biggest lake, with which the town shares its name. It's there that a woman working at a medical center was recently arrested for allegedly illegally obtaining prescription drugs.
The 46-year-old is charged with obtaining prescription medication by false pretenses.
The Central West Virginia Drug Task Force took the woman into custody. According to a news report, she told investigators that for a period of about 10 months, ending earlier this year, she called Nicholas County and Fayette County pharmacies under a false name, pretending as if she was in a doctor's office. She then reportedly talked the pharmacies into filling prescriptions for the painkiller Tramadol.
According to the report, she illegally obtained the drug 38 times.
She also reportedly told investigators that she knew she was committing a crime when she obtained the medication. The National Library of Medicine says Tramadol is a narcotic used to treat "moderate to moderately severe pain."
The news article said the woman was in a management position at the medical center when the alleged crimes took place.
In similar circumstances, it would have made sense for a defendant to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney before talking to investigators. In most cases, what a defendant says to an investigator can later be used against the defendant in court by a prosecutor. That combination of factors can result in years in prison for certain drug convictions, which is why it is so crucial to consult with a lawyer first.