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Conyers woman arrested in connection with prescription scam

COVINGTON — A quick-thinking pharmacist helped put a stop to an alleged on-going prescription drug scam this week when a Conyers woman was arrested.

Kimberly Beth Hunter, 46, of 2497 Tucker Mill Road, Conyers, faces five counts of unlawful manufacturing, delivering of controlled substances and one count of obtaining or attempting to obtain dangerous drugs by fraud.

A pharmacist from the Kroger store on Salem Road called the Newton County Sheriff’s Office to report his suspicions about a female who was calling in prescriptions.

“He said the information she was giving didn’t seem right,” said NCSO Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison. “Also, when she came to pick up the prescription and he asked her for identification, she told him she would have to go to her car to get it.”

The pharmacist followed the woman to her car and got the tag number as she was leaving.

“The Criminal Investigations Division conducted a thorough investigation into this incident and found that Hunter had been over a period of time filling fraudulent narcotic prescriptions,” Morrison said, adding that the woman had used at least two aliases and had gone to multiple Kroger locations to obtain the drugs.

“They were only able to prove five incidents at this time, but they are still looking to see if more prescriptions have been filled in the area,” she said.