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Woman, 2 others facing charges involving prescription drugs

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Rebecca Rundles (Source: McCracken County Jail) Rebecca Rundles (Source: McCracken County Jail)

One woman is facing charges and two other people are charged in connection with three separate prescription drug investigations by the Paducah Police Department.

Rebecca Rundles, 31, was charged with forgery of a prescription for a controlled substance, attempting to or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud/false statement/forgery, and theft by unlawful taking of a controlled substance.

Rundles was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon at the police department, according to Det. John Tolliver, the department’s prescription drug investigator.

Rundles first came under investigation after she was accused of stealing hydrocodone tablets from a cart at the health care facility where she was employed. While conducting that investigation, Tolliver was contacted by employees of a local walk-in clinic about a possible altered prescription.

An area pharmacy contacted the clinic after an employee suspected the prescription was altered. Police say an investigation revealed that Rundles was the woman who had tried to have the prescription filled.

While working with the clinic regarding the altered prescription, Tolliver learned that Rundles had been treated at the clinic twice before, and had withheld information about prescription medications she already was taking.

The other two people are both charged in warrants with attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or forgery. They are Josh Cathey, 27, and Maria Allspach, 29, both of Michael Drive.

Cathey was charged after it was learned that he had obtained medications commonly prescribed for ADHD from two physicians. An investigation showed eight separate times he had obtained two different medications from the two physicians at the same time. He was charged with eight counts of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or forgery.

Allspach was charged after it was learned that she lied to a physician to obtain ADHD medication after being advised not to take the medication during her pregnancy by her obstetrician/gynecologist.

Anyone with information about the location of Cathey or Allspach is asked to call the Paducah Police Department at 270-444-8550 or Crime Stoppers at 443-TELL.

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