Cumbria

Egremont receptionist sentenced for fake prescriptions

A doctors' receptionist who faked prescriptions to get sleeping tablets for her widowed mother has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Trusted Caroline Davidson got GPs at Egremont's Beech House surgery to sign the prescriptions until the practice manager became suspicious.

Appearing at Carlisle Crown Court she admitted nine charges of fraud.

The 41-year-old of Wellington Row, Whitehaven, was given a 26-week sentence suspended for two years.

The hearing heard that Davidson had wanted to help her 61-year-old mother who was having trouble sleeping after the death of her husband.

She also admitted three charges of obtaining property by deception and asked for a further 60 similar offences to be taken into consideration.

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