Sen­tenc­ing ad­journed in forged pre­scrip­tion case

Ali­cia Dawn MacArthur given sus­pended sen­tence for theft and miss­ing court, await­ing sen­tenc­ing for try­ing to use forged pre­scrip­tion, other charges

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND - BY RYAN ROSS Ryan.Ross@the­­r­ross

A Bon­shaw woman who tried to use a forged pre­scrip­tion to get hy­dro­mor­phone pills will be back be­fore a judge in Septem­ber for sen­tenc­ing.

Ali­cia Dawn MacArthur, 20, ap­peared be­fore Judge John Dou­glas in pro­vin­cial court in Charlottetown re­cently on sev­eral mat­ters.

Dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings, the court heard MacArthur went to a phar­macy in Charlottetown on May 10 with a forged pre­scrip­tion for 30 hy­dro­mor­phone pills.

The pharmacist was sus­pi­cious and con­tacted the doc­tor who sup­pos­edly signed the pre­scrip­tion.

That doc­tor con­firmed he didn’t write it.

The court also heard MacArthur went to a Su­per­store in Charlottetown on Jan. 3 where some­one saw her put sev­eral items into a shoul­der bag with­out pay­ing for them. Those items, which had a value of $410.77, were re­cov­ered.

On Jan. 12, MacArthur went to Mel’s Petro Canada on St. Peters Road where an em­ployee saw her on video tak­ing an eight-pack of Mol­son Cold Shots with­out pay­ing.

Those items had a value of $10.41 and weren’t re­cov­ered.

MacArthur was also charged for miss­ing two court dates.

De­fence lawyer Thane MacEach­ern said ad­dic­tion has been an is­sue for MacArthur for sev­eral years, and she has been in­volved with the methadone pro­gram.

She re­cently switched from methadone to Subox­one for her treat­ment, MacEach­ern said.

Although he ad­journed sen­tenc­ing on some of the mat­ters un­til Sept. 20, Dou­glas did give MacArthur sus­pended sen­tences for the theft from the Su­per­store and one count of fail­ing to at­tend court.

MacArthur will be on pro­ba­tion for one year and must pay $200 in vic­tim sur­charges.

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