DACULA -- The director of a local pain management center has been given a prescription for jail time -- and unlike those she's accused of forging, this one is real.
Erin Elizabeth Jackson, 33, the director of the Buford Wellness Center off Braselton Highway, was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of first-degree forgery. She is being held without bond.
According to warrants and police reports, local authorities began their investigation into Jackson -- who is believed to have faked the signature of one of her center's doctors to write fraudulent prescriptions -- as far back as August, but the incidents may have begun sooner than that.
Police said a doctor then working at the center, which describes itself as specializing in "providing pain management plans to patients with chronic pain," came forward in September when his suspicions were aroused. The doctor told authorities that, last April, he had received a notice from the state board warning him of an anonymous tip that "prescriptions he was writing were being used to obtain narcotics illegally."
The alleged victim didn't think much about it, until he left the Buford Wellness Center, opened his own practice and began hearing stories about Jackson from patients that followed him.
"He stated that at one instance he walked into (Jackson's) office and found her practicing his signature with a standard pen on some paper," according to one report, "and around July 2012 his special pen for writing his prescriptions was missing."
It is believed, police said, that Jackson -- who is not a doctor but runs the center -- was writing fraudulent prescriptions, somehow having them filled "and then selling the narcotics on the streets."
Arrest warrants were issued Tuesday.
On Friday, the Buford Wellness Center, which is actually located in Dacula, was dark and the doors were locked, though its sparse website does say visits are via appointment only.
Several chairs were piled in the building's lobby. Multiple calls to the center went unanswered.
The facility is the same one where, in October, a Dacula man was arrested on impersonating an officer charges while allegedly posting fliers containing a photo of Jackson along with the words "Have you seen this person?" and a list of "alleged charges."
This week's arrest wasn't Jackson's first run in with Gwinnett authorities. Jail records show a pair of DUI arrests in recent years, as well as a 2006 detainment on four counts of marijuana possession.