Metro-East News

Belleville woman faces charges for forged prescriptions

A Belleville woman was charged Monday with forgery and obtaining painkillers and opiods with faked prescriptions.

Deanna R. Turnbeauch, 60, faces one count of forgery and four counts of obtaining a substance by fraud.

The charges stated that Turnbeauch went to the Freeburg Pharmacy at 10 Southgate Center in Freeburg on Sept. 29, Oct. 7, Oct. 15 and Oct. 20 and presented a prescription form from the Department of Human Services Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse purportedly signed by Dr. Jennifer Steinhoff for Percocet and Vicoden. Steinhoff is a family practitioner in Wisconsin.

The Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, known as DASA, designs, coordinates and fund services in Illinois for the prevention, intervention, treatment and rehabilitation of alcohol and other drug abuse and dependency issues. It addresses the needs of at-risk or addicted individuals and their families.

DASA does not have prescription pads, said DHS spokesman Veronica Vera, and does not issue prescriptions outside its residential treatment facility.

Freeburg police were contacted by the pharmacy, said Freeburg Police Chief Stanley Donald.

“Apparently, she was running all over the place doing this,” he said of Turnbeauch.

Turnbeauch was also charged with forgery for forging Steinhoff’s name on a prescription for Percocet and presenting it to Freeburg Pharmacy on Nov. 4.

Turnbeauch remains in St. Clair County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Beth Hundsdorfer: 618-239-2570, @bhundsdorfer