Dacula couple charged with forging prescriptions

Jack Delano Holcomb

Jack Delano Holcomb

DACULA — A Kroger pharmacy employee in Dacula alerted police to a couple they later learned has allegedly forged at least 16 prescriptions.

The first interaction Gwinnett County Police had with the couple came two weeks ago, when the man, Jack Delano Holcomb, tried to pick up a prescription in Dacula. But his wife was booked in the Gwinnett jail this week on similar charges.

Holcomb and his wife, Marilyn Anne Holcomb, were each charged with obtaining dangerous drugs by fraud, and Marilyn Holcomb was also charged with forged prescriptions. Jack Holcomb was released from the Gwinnett jail on July 17 on $34,200 bond, while Marilyn Holcomb remained in jail as of Wednesday afternoon, according to jail records, held on a $57,000 bond.

Officers arrived at the Kroger after an employee called 911 because they said Jack Holcomb tried to pick up a forged prescription, according to a Gwinnett County Police report.

Jack Holcomb originally told police that his wife’s dentist prescribed the medication, “so he wasn’t sure what the problem could be.”

But a Kroger employee told another officer that the couple had forged prescriptions “at a few different pharmacy’s.” Arrest warrants were issued after police contacted a Chamblee dentist that employed Marilyn Holcomb who denied writing the prescriptions for Lorcet, which contains pain relievers acetaminophen and hydrocodone.

After police told Jack Holcomb that they would obtain arrest warrants for the forged prescriptions, he admitted that all of the prescriptions were forged and he picked up the majority of them.

“He got his wife to forge the prescription because he has some very bad back problems,” the police report said.

Jack Holcomb said he picked the prescriptions up about every two weeks over a six-month period, but denied selling the drugs. Six of the prescriptions were in his name, while 10 were in his wife’s name, police said.