Woman pleads guilty to altering prescriptions

A Brisbin woman accused of altering prescriptions for hydrocodone pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clearfield County Court.

Effie A. Marty, 45, was sentenced to 60 days to one year in jail and one year consecutive probation for eight counts of acquiring or obtaining possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation by Judge Fredric J. Ammerman.

Prior to sentencing, Marty’s health conditions and the possibility of house arrest were discussed. It was noted that Marty had met with the doctor at the county jail and he reported that if she was incarcerated, it would be difficult for her. Both her mother and boyfriend also spoke up, stating she has trouble taking her medication correctly and her blood sugar needs to be constantly monitored.

Ammerman decided that Marty should serve two days in the jail, beginning Dec. 12, and she can then serve the rest of the time on house arrest.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, police received a report of altered prescriptions from the CVS Pharmacy in Philipsburg. A staff pharmacist explained that Marty had been turning in and filling prescriptions for 90 hydrocodone pills since April 24, 2016.

When the doctor was contacted regarding the script he had issued, it was discovered the prescription had been altered to a higher dosage. This had allegedly been done for eight prescriptions filled between April 24, 2016 and Jan. 13, 2017.

In an interview with police, Marty openly admitted to changing the dosage on the prescriptions, according to the complaint.