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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Alabama

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 8, 2020

Spanish Fort Woman Sentenced to Five Years Probation for Forging Prescriptions for Hydrocodone

Richard W. Moore, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, announces that Lane Hamblin (40, of Spanish Fort) has been sentenced to five years probation after pleading guilty to obtaining hydrocodone using forged prescriptions.

As part of her plea agreement, Hamblin admitted the following facts about this case:

Prior to her arrest in this case, Hamblin worked as an office manager at a dental practice in Mobile County, where she was able to gain access to blank prescription papers in the fall of 2017. 

Starting in October 2017, Hamblin began accessing the office’s computer system to create unauthorized hydrocodone prescriptions in the names of either actual or fictitious patients.  Once a prescription was created in the computer system, Hamblin printed it out on the blank prescription papers, and then went back into the computer system to try to delete any trace of what she had done.  Thereafter, Hamblin forged the name of one of the dentists who formerly practiced in that office.   Finally, Hamblin filled the forged hydrocodone prescriptions at various pharmacies around Mobile and Baldwin County.

Between October 13, 2017 and her arrest outside the Publix Pharmacy in Daphne on November 6, 2019, Hamblin successfully acquired hydrocodone pills using forged prescriptions on approximately 170 occasions. 

This case was investigated by DEA-Mobile, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Bodnar.

Updated June 8, 2020