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Bogus prescription leads to 10-year sentence

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    Gregory McGriff

The Atlanta man who found himself in the wrong place to pass a bogus prescription received a 10-year sentence in Jones County Superior Court.

Gregory McGriff entered a guilty plea to two counts of forgery in the first degree July 15. He was sentenced to 10 years for each count. The counts will run concurrently for a total of 10 years with the first 180 days served in confinement. The remainder of his sentence may be served on probation, and he received credit for time served from his April 20 arrest.

A report of McGriff’s arrest by Gray Police Department Lt. Jacob Hunnicutt states he was sent to HomeTown Pharmacy in reference to a person attempting to pass a forged prescription. He said when he arrived, he saw the suspect sitting in the store. Hunnicutt said Al McGalliard told him the man came into pharmacy with a prescription for amoxicillin and Phenergan with codeine. The complainant said the suspect then gave him an ID card and claimed it was his. McGalliard said the picture on the ID clearly did not look like the suspect.

Hunnicutt asked McGriff what he was doing at the store, and he stated he was picking up a prescription for a friend. The officer asked who the friend was and where he lived.

The suspect said his friend James asked him to do it.

Hunnicutt said he asked the suspect his friend’s last name and what kind of car James drives, but the suspect said he did not pay attention to cars, he just gets in them.

He said McGriff then changed his story to someone picked him up and asked him to drop off and pick up the prescription.

Hunnicutt said at that point he placed McGriff in custody and secured warrants for his arrest.