Woman admits prescription fraud

The wife of former Minister of Tourism Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace yesterday admitted to prescription fraud.

Tietchka Vanderpool-Wallace, 54, of Paradise Island, was arrested on Saturday, February 29, after Livingston Seymour, 54, of Hospital Lane, attempted to fill the forged prescriptions in the name of Mable Turnquest at Centreville Pharmacy, the court heard.

Police arrested Vanderpool-Wallace when she went to Wulff Road Police Station to check on Seymour and he identified her as the person who had given him the prescription.

Police found a Princess Margaret Hospital prescription pad when they searched Vanderpool-Wallace’s car, the prosecutor said.

She pleaded guilty to possession of a forged document, forgery, attempted fraud by false pretenses and unlawful possession of a prescription pad at her arraignment before Senior Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans.

In her police interview, Vanderpool-Wallace admitted to stealing a prescription pad from Princess Margaret Hospital and forging her doctor’s signature.

Vanderpool-Wallace’s lawyer Tonique Lewis asked the court not to send Vanderpool-Wallace to prison.

Lewis said she had battled with mental illness and had forged the prescription to obtain medicine to address her condition.

Vogt-Evans remanded Vanderpool-Wallace to prison pending sentencing to allow Lewis time to produce her medical records.

She returns to court for sentencing on March 9.

Her husband, son and brothers were in court to support her.

Seymour denied charges of possession of a forged document, forgery and attempted fraud by false pretenses.

He was remanded to prison and returns to court for trial on May 9.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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