BENNINGTON -- The following cases were heard Monday in Bennington Superior Court Criminal Division:
Lisa Boulanger, 44, of Elm Street, pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of prescription fraud. She was released on conditions. According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Detective Peter Urbanowicz, in November 2011 he was alerted by employees at the Rite Aid Pharmacy on North Street that they suspected a customer had been "doctor shopping," a practice where a person obtains multiple narcotic prescriptions from different doctors without their knowledge of each other in order to access more medication.
Urbanowicz said he spoke with Rite Aid Pharmacy Manager Lou Valerio, who said Boulanger had come in on Oct. 26 to get a prescription for Percocet filled. The pharmacy did not fill it, as Boulanger had filled another prescription for Vicodin the day before.
According to Urbanowicz, two different doctors had written the prescriptions without each other’s knowledge. When the second doctor was notified, he told the pharmacy to cancel the prescription and not fill it.
Jill M. Lebert, 34, of Bank Street in North Bennington, pleaded not guilty to a felony count of false pretenses/tokens. She was released on conditions. According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer Amanda Thompson, Ann West, of West Oil, said she received a check for $910 from Lebert to pay for a heating oil delivery. West said she later learned the check was no good, and the account attached to it was closed.
Thompson said when she went to Lebert’s home, she found Adam Lebert, who had an active arrest warrant out on him for a driving with a suspended license charge. She said she arrested Lebert and later Jill Lebert came to the police station and bailed him out. There she spoke to Jill Lebert about the oil delivery.
According to the affidavit, Jill Lebert said "I was desperate for heat for my kids," further explaining she has two children and could not afford heating fuel. She said a tax refund check they were expecting was taken because of money she owes on a student loan, and her husband has not been able to find a job for the past two years. She told police she had applied for heating assistance through the state, but something had gone wrong and no money came.
According to a second police affidavit, Lebert admitted to doing the same thing on a $500 oil delivery from Greene’s Oil.
Tammy Wilt, 39, of Ashley Drive, pleaded not guilty to financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and forgery. She was released on conditions.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Detective Michael Plush, in December 2011 he spoke to Wilt, who had contacted police to say she and another woman forged a check written to Wilt by a man she was taking care of. Wilt said he had given her a check for $160, and that Natalie Darling, 29, of Emma Street, suggested she alter it to read $1,160, then split the money with her. According to the affidavit, Wilt said she informed Darling she had gone to police, and Darling asked her to lie.
Darling pleaded not guilty in January to forgery and obstruction of justice.
-- Keith Whitcomb Jr.
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