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Johnston County teacher tried to fraudulently obtain prescription, officials say

BENSON, N.C. (WNCN) - A Johnston County elementary school teacher was arrested Thursday after police said she tried to fraudulently obtain prescription medication, authorities say.

The incident was reported around 3:30 p.m. at Walgreens in the 400 block of East Main Street, according to a news release from Benson town officials.

Officials said that a woman called the Walgreens and claimed she was a worker at an area doctor's office. The woman needed to call in a prescription, according to authorities.

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"The caller ID from the phone call showed a private number and raised the suspicions of Walgreens employees who contacted the supposed doctor’s office to find they had not made a prescription request for the person in question," the news release said.

The suspect was still in the store when police arrived and police told her they came to the store because she was trying to fraudulently pick up medication, officials said.

"Officers informed (the suspect) they had spoken with the pharmacy about the 'doctor’s office' phone call from a private number and that she had used a different name when speaking with Walgreens employees during the call," Benson officials said in the news release. 

While there, police called the number on the caller ID and watched as the suspect answered her phone, officials said.

Jessica Carroll Crawford, 34, of the 20 block of Beasley Estates Drive in Benson was charged with felony obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and misdemeanor obtaining a prescription medication by fraud.

Crawford was a teacher at Four Oaks Elementary, school officials confirmed. She resigned from her teaching job Friday. 

She was listed on the school's website as a fifth grade teacher. 

Officials said she later "provided officers with a statement explaining she had made the phone call about the prescription."  The medicine involved in the prescription was only described by police as being a controlled substance.

Crawford was held at the Johnston County Jail. She was later released on a $10,000 bond.

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