A former Milledgeville hospice nurse is accused of using 54 fake prescriptions to obtain painkillers.
That's according to a news release from Milledgeville police.
They say Diane Godfrey was arrested after employees at a pharmacy tipped off police about several suspicious prescriptions for Loratab, also known as hydrocodone.
Major Reggie Hill said it's not unusual for a nurses to phone in prescriptions, but she was picking them up herself.
He said Godfrey worked for Hospice Care Options of Milledgeville in 2012 and Agape Hospice Care of Macon earlier this year. She was fired from the Macon agency this spring, he said.
Hill says Godfrey is accused of using 54 separate fake prescriptions over two years' time.
He said each prescription typical includes 60 to 90 pills, and each pill has a street value of $10 to $30.
That means the painkillers could have been worth between $32,000 and $145,000.
Hill doesn't know why Godfrey took the drugs, but says investigators suspect she used some of them herself.
She was arrested in Macon on Wednesday and is now in the Baldwin County jail.
Hill says they're still investigating the case and expect to bring more charges.
Anyone with information on the case can call Milledgeville police at (478) 414-4000.