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Woman Took Painkiller Scheme from Woodinville to Bellingham, Police Say

After she was convicted of stealing prescriptions to get painkillers at a Woodinville medical clinic, a 33-year-old woman has been charged with similar crimes in Bellingham.

A former receptionist at a Bellingham doctor's office has been charged with stealing prescriptions so she could get painkillers – within months of running the same scheme in Woodinville, the Bellingham Herald is reporting.

Nikki Lee Galleher, 33, of Stanwood is accused of taking up to 300 prescription sheets from Bellingham Retina Specialists soon after her hiring in March, the Herald said.

In November 2011, Galleher reportedly worked as a receptionist at Northwest Hand and Orthopedics in Woodinville. She tried to get two refills of codeine using a fake name - "Brittany" - and a forged prescription from her then-employer's office, according to the Herald. She was denied the pills when the check didn't go through and detectives were tipped off.

She pleaded guilty in late April to attempting to obtain a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. She received a sentence of community service and one year in jail, with all the time suspended.

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Medical Manager December 02, 2012 at 07:13 AM
Unfortunately, she was convicted of a misdemeanor in King County because the court system said she was a first time offender. This is why the criminal background check showed nothing and then she was able to get a position in Bellingham and continue stealing and forgery. The system needs to quit letting first time "at being caught" offenders off and nail them with a felony the first time. People like this need to pay a price the first time that they are caught and thus, never able to get another position in a medical setting again. She has now been nailed in Snohomsh, Whatcom, King, and soon Skagit County. Make her pay a price this time and set an example of this type of scum and keep them off the street. If she had gone clean and straight after getting caught in King County, then I might say give her another chance, but she took advantage and didn't even let the ink dry before she was out there stealing prescription pads and filling prescriptions nightly. Nail her for good!

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