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Investigation into false prescriptions leads to 5 arrests

An alert pharmacy worker and an investigation by Nevada City police resulted in five people being arrested for alleged fraudulent prescriptions.

The Nevada City Police Department received a report from a local pharmacy regarding suspicious prescriptions being called in. During the investigation, police found three other pharmacies in the Grass Valley area also were being targeted by the same people.

“They pretty much were trying every store in town,” said an employee at one of the pharmacies, who declined to be identified.



The amount of the prescription for Norco, a brand of the painkiller hydrocodone, was fairly large, the pharmacy worker said.

“When they phoned in the prescription, I had a feeling it just wasn’t right,” the employee said. “I just had a gut feeling. Nothing fit.”




Police, with the assistance of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force, on Tuesday searched residences in the Valley Common Apartments on the 200 block of Joerschke Drive, Grass Valley, and in the 13000 block of Rocky Rhodes Place.

The two search warrants were for William Scott Ingram, 25, of Grass Valley, and Katelin Marie Sulley, 26, of Nevada City.

Scott and Sulley allegedly were obtaining prescriptions fraudulently by calling the pharmacies and providing the name of the medication, dosage and doctor’s information.

During the investigation, officers learned Ingram had at one time worked for the pharmacy at Longs Drugs and had completed a course as a pharmacy technician.

Ingram and a second woman, Nichole Leslie Mast, 21, were arrested in the parking lot of SPD in Nevada City after allegedly obtaining a fraudulent prescription in another person’s name.

Police arrested them on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance by fraud and criminal conspiracy. Both were being held in Nevada County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Officers found Sulley at the apartment on Joerschke Drive. A search of the apartment and her personal belongings revealed more evidence pertaining to the case, according to Nevada City Police Lt. Lorin Gage.

Sulley was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance by fraud and criminal conspiracy, and she was in jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Tussle leads to more arrests

During the search of Sulley’s residence on Rocky Rhodes Place, two women and two men also were detained, Gage said.

While officers were searching the residence, one of the men, David Jordan Albertson, 19, of Nevada City, became both verbally and physically aggressive towards the officers, Gage said. As officers were attempting to control Albertson, he allegedly resisted forcibly and began fighting with officers.

An officer pulled Albertson’s legs out from under him, making him fall, said Sheriff Keith Royal. Albertson allegedly continued to resist, refusing to roll over on his stomach and allow officers to handcuff him.

Albertson’s mother, Joanne Lynn Sulley, 44, of Nevada City, then allegedly attacked a detective by punching and scratching his face and head, Gage said.

Both Joanne Sulley and Albertson eventually were restrained and placed into custody. Albertson only complied after being advised twice that he was in danger of being Tased, Royal said.

Albertson was arrested on suspicion of resisting a peace officer with force, violence or both. He was being held in county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Joanne Sulley was arrested on suspicion of resisting and obstructing a peace officer, battery on a peace officer and resisting a peace officer with bodily injury. She was in jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. It was unclear Wednesday what her relationship is to Katelin Sully.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s detective was treated and released from Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for his injuries.

The two other people at the residence, a man and a woman, were released.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.


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