SNELLVILLE -- A 22-year-old who had repeatedly forged prescriptions for the painkiller oxycodone since November was booked into Gwinnett County jail Monday, police said.
Robert John Fick of Smyrna began passing false prescriptions at Snell's Pharmacy on Oak Road in Snellville on Nov. 23 of last year, a pharmacy employee told police. Monday evening, the employee was able to reach police while Fick and his alleged accomplice, 27-year-old Willie Cunningham, were at the pharmacy trying to fill prescriptions.
Upon arrival, police said they identified Cunningham waiting outside the pharmacy in a black pickup truck and asked him to come inside the pharmacy. Once inside, the pharmacy employee identified Fick as the other suspect.
The pharmacy employee, Michael Briscoe, produced records showing that Fick had prescriptions for the painkiller oxycodone filled on six separate occasions, once a month since November.
Briscoe said he had been tipped off to the pair of alleged criminals by a recent visit from the regional narcotics inspector.
"She was in here and noticed the prescriptions, and said these guys (Fick and Cunningham) are all forgeries," Briscoe said. "She had seen them in other places."
Fick, who already had warrants out from Forsyth County and Dunwoody, had also filled prescriptions for the muscle relaxer carisoprodol during his March and April visits to the pharmacy, police said.
During a search of the vehicle, officers reported that they found an empty oxycodone bottle prescribed to Fick by another pharmacy.
As of Wednesday evening, it was unclear whether Fick's other two warrants were for similar charges.
Police said Cunningham, a Marietta resident, had four prescriptions filled for the painkiller over the same span, as well as an additional one for the anti-anxiety medication Xanax in December.
All 12 fake scripts bore the same prescription number and were from a Dr. Robert Windsor, police said.
Fick and Cunningham remain in Gwinnett County jail with no bond.