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POLICE & COURTS

Two women accused in prescription forging

The head custodian at Thomas Marks Elementary School in Wilson and a nurse who works in a Clarence medical office were charged Tuesday with forging prescriptions to obtain drugs at a pharmacy in the Town of Newfane.

The school custodian, Janice R. Mills, 46, of Wilson, was arraigned in Newfane Town Court on charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument and insurance fraud, state police at Clarence reported. She was released, and a court date was set for Feb. 24.

Mills was found to be in possession of a small amount of suspected cocaine when arrested at the school, said Investigator Joseph Gill, who was assisted by Troopers Ronald Ensminger and Ronald Nero.

The nurse, Wendi Sharples, 28, of Lockport, was arraigned in Clarence Town Court on charges of forgery, petit larceny, falsifying business records and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was released by the court to reappear Feb. 19.

State police were called to the Clarence area doctor's office to investigate the theft of a prescription pad.

The investigation revealed that Sharples, who worked there as a registered nurse, had taken the pad and forged prescriptions, troopers said.

Sharples and Mills worked together in a scheme to obtain drugs with the illegal prescriptions, investigators said.

The name of the doctor's office where the alleged theft occurred was not immediately released.

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