Lichtenberger

Sarah Lichtenberger

CANTON — A Cobb County medical assistant has been charged with 93 felonies, alleging she used stolen prescription pads to forge prescriptions for opioid painkillers. She was arrested Friday by the Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad.

According to Cherokee Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jay Baker and Cherokee County jail records:

Sarah Lichtenberger, 47, of Kennesaw was arrested and charged on Friday by Cherokee drug agents, who were tipped off to a possibly forged prescription by a local pharmacy, Baker said Monday morning. The tip prompted an investigation that lasted about a week.

“It appears she stole prescription pads from a doctor she used to work for and used them to forge painkiller prescriptions,” Baker said.

Lichtenberger is charged with four felony crimes for each instance investigators were able to document suspected prescription forgery, Baker said. Investigators believe she forged prescriptions more than 30 times since April, 2017, he said.

Each instance brought a charge of possession of a controlled substance, obtaining a controlled substance by forgery, identity fraud and forgery in the first degree.

Baker said the prescriptions for the powerful painkillers were written out on the stolen prescription pads in her own name and in the name of another person, then filled at area pharmacies. A search of Litchenberger’s Kennesaw home uncovered additional forged prescriptions that had not been filled, he said.

“At this time it appears there were no sales of these drugs going on, but that they were obtained to support a personal addiction,” Baker said.

Lichtenberger was booked into the Cherokee County on Friday morning and was released the next day on $69,000 bond.

In January, 2018, CMANS agents arrested three people on charges of forging prescriptions for painkillers, including an employee of a neurological surgery practice and a veterinary technician as part of a scheme to obtain the drugs.

In 2013 CMANS arrested a prescription forgery ring led by a Canton nurse practitioner that netted 13 arrests.

The Cherokee Multi-Agency Narcotics Squad is a joint task force working in Cherokee County to investigate drug related violations.

Participating agencies include the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office, Canton Police, Woodstock Police, Holly Springs Police, Ball Ground Police, Cherokee County Marshal’s Office, District Attorney’s Office for the Blue Ridge Judicial Circuit and Georgia State Patrol. Citizens may call in tips anonymously to (770) 345-7920, or may speak to an agent by calling (678) 493-7625.

{This story was updated on March 5, 2019 to correct that Sarah Lichtenberger worked as a medical assistant, not as a nurse.}

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