Lynda Whitemore, 49, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one count each of repeat uttering a forgery and repeat attempt to obtain a controlled substance by use of fraud. She also faces two charges of repeat obstructing an officer. If convicted of all charges, Whitemore could see 10-1/2 years in prison and up to $35,000 in fines. Because she is considered a repeat offender, Whitemore could get additional jail time for the first two counts.
According to the criminal complaint, Racine Police were called to the Walgreen's at Ohio and Washington Avenues Saturday at 10:24 a.m. by a pharmacy technician. The witness suspected Whitemore's prescription was fake because it was too neat and the defendant said she would pay for it in cash. Pharmacy computer records indicated that Whitemore has tried to pass fake 'scrips at other Walgreen's, including one supposedly from a doctor with Wheaton Franciscan.
When officers approached Whitemore at the store, they say she walked away and at first wouldn't stop when asked to do so. Police grabbed her arm and when she tried to reach in her pocket, they cuffed her arms behind her back.
It was at this point, police say, that Whitemore admitted to them that she's an addict and was trying to earn money to score drugs. She said a friend drove her to Racine from Milwaukee and wrote out the prescription, but she stressed the drugs were not for her. Whitemore also reportedly told officers this was the last time she would ever do something like this.
Court records indicate the defendant is in custody but was not in court Monday. Her initial appearance has been postponed to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday before Judge Alan Torhorst.