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SLP Woman Accused of Forging Prescriptions in Hopkins

Prosecutors say Margaret Marie Johnson illegally obtained Ritalin from Walgreens.

A St. Louis Park woman is in jail on suspicion of using a forged prescription to get Ritalin from the Blake Road Walgreens in Hopkins.

Margaret Marie Johnson, 64, came to officers’ attention Monday when Walgreens employees tried to call Midwest Center for Mental Health, the clinic listed on the prescription. Investigators later confirmed that the center does not exist, Police Sgt. Michael Glassberg wrote in the charging documents.

A pharmacist also said prescriptions had been filled in names other than Johnson’s. Investigators discovered prescriptions had been filled with the same information going back to July 7, 2011.

Pharmacists said Johnson fills a prescription at the pharmacy every two weeks to a month, and one pharmacist said she had filled a prescription as recently as Sept. 20.

Prosecutors have charged Johnson with two counts of a fifth-degree controlled substance crime—each a felony with a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a $3,000 to $10,000 fine.

She’s being held in Hennepin County jail on $3,000 bond.

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