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11/28/2012 10:50:00 AM
Woman accused of faking prescriptions for painkillers may plead guilty
Jodie Cox
Jodie Cox
Prescott Valley Tribune

PRESCOTT - A woman accused of faking a doctor's prescriptions to feed her painkiller addiction appears ready to accept a plea deal that could put her in prison for three years.

Jodie Cox, 33, is currently facing a 134-count fraud indictment for calling or faxing fake prescriptions for hydrocodone to local pharmacies in late 2009 and early 2010, according a detective with the Partners Against Narcotics Trafficking task force.

She worked for doctors as a medical assistant at the time, a probable cause statement said, and would order the painkillers in her parents' and grandmother's names, then pick up the drugs for herself.

Cox admitted to the scheme when confronted by detectives, the statement said, and she was also observed picking up and paying for the prescriptions at two Prescott Valley pharmacies.

She told police that the 15,000 pills she illegally obtained over the seven-month period were for her personal addiction, not for sale.

Monday in court, her attorney, John Hollis, said the details were nearly in place to allow Cox to plead guilty to five of those counts, stipulating three years in prison as the sentence.

Superior Court Judge Celé Hancock set a date next month for the change of plea.

Cox is in custody in lieu of $40,000 bond.

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