Area woman back in court for forging perscriptions
WILLMAR -- A Spicer woman convicted of multiple drug charges is back in court again facing felony charges for allegedly forging a prescription. Angela Lynn Linhoff, 29, made her first appearance Tuesday on fifth- and fourth-degree controlled subs...
WILLMAR -- A Spicer woman convicted of multiple drug charges is back in court again facing felony charges for allegedly forging a prescription.
Angela Lynn Linhoff, 29, made her first appearance Tuesday on fifth- and fourth-degree controlled substance charges along with a felony charge of forgery. She was charged after allegedly receiving a prescription from another woman and forging her signature.
No stranger to the court room, Linhoff has been charged with 10 previous fifth-degree controlled substance charges in the past two years. She pleaded guilty to three of the charges; the remaining charges were dismissed as part of her plea agreements with Kandiyohi County prosecutors.
Linhoff has faced little jail time for all of her convictions. In November, Linhoff was given a stayed sentence of 13 months in prison on a fifth degree drug charge. The stay was issued for five years, but a conviction on the new charges would constitute a violation of the stay. Linhoff was also ordered to serve 180 days in jail in three 60-day increments.
The controlled substance charges all stem from incidents where Linhoff either stole prescription medication or attempted to obtain it through forged prescriptions. On Tuesday Judge Kathryn N. Smith set Linhoff's unconditional bond at $50,000, with a conditional bond of $25,000.
The most recent charges were filed after a woman reported Monday to the Willmar Police Department that she was billed for prescription medication she never received.
According to the complaint, the Willmar Medicine Shoppe delivered a prescription of Vicodin to the Comfort Inn Nov. 30, which was signed in the woman's name. The woman and Linhoff both work at the Comfort Inn. The woman told officers that she didn't work the night the medicine was delivered and never used the Willmar Medicine Shoppe for her medication.
Further investigation by officers showed that the prescription was transferred from the Litchfield Medicine Shoppe to Willmar. The person who delivered the medicine was also able to identify Linhoff from a photo lineup.
In a police interview, Linhoff admitted to signing for the medicine, but said the other woman asked her to do it. The surveillance videotape from Nov. 30 was also unable to be located. According to the complaint, tapes from Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 were at the hotel.
Linhoff is scheduled to appear in court again Dec. 18.