Police: ‘Nurse’ sought drugs

Published 4:18 pm Thursday, August 11, 2011

An Atmore woman posing as a nurse in order to secure narcotics is facing drug charges after being arrested by Flomaton police.

Melissa Adriene Montgomery, aka Melissa Dickinson, 45, of 619 Main St., was arrested by Flomaton Police Chief Geoff McGraw Monday when she picked up a prescription at Flomaton Pharmacy.

“We had spoken with the pharmacist there and they said the way the prescription was called in seemed abnormal,” McGraw said. “We began investigating the situation and determined the calls were for fictitious patients.”

Melissa Montgomery

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McGraw said Montgomery had made a call to the pharmacy posing as a nurse with Dr. Carl Maltese in Mobile. The suspect had given a patient name of Shannon Williams to the pharmacy for the Lortab prescription.

“We made a call to the doctor’s office in Mobile to ask about the prescription,” McGraw said. “We were told they did not have a patient by that name.”

McGraw said the investigation continued into the unusual events that lead to Montgomery’s arrest.

“She came to the pharmacy to pick up the prescription at the drive-through window,” McGraw said. “When the was handed the prescription she signed for the medication. I approached her vehicle and told her to pull up from the window and stop. She did and I was able to talk with her about what was happening.”

McGraw said Montgomery was interviewed at the Flomaton Police Department office and admitted to her part in the scheme to obtain the falsified prescription.

“When she picked up the medicine she signed for it using the name Sandra Hill,” McGraw said. “During our interview with her, she admitted that the name of Shannon Williams was a made up name.”

Montgomery was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance. McGraw said an investigation is continuing in the case.

Montgomery was released on $5,000 after being transported to the Escambia County Detention Center in Brewton where she was booked on the charge against her.