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Those filled prescriptions were returned to a man and woman who paid up to $200 each, Shelbyvlle police said Friday.
Kyle Hays, 26, and his girlfriend, Sonya Deosio, both of Shelbyville, allegedly received the prescriptions, Detective Sgt. Brian Crews said.
Deosio is a former employee in the office of Dr. Lynette Adams of Shelbyville.
"She forged a number of prescriptions so that they purported to be legitimate prescriptions authorized by Dr. Adams," Crews said.
"The forged prescriptions were written by Deosio and then provided to the co-defendants, who passed them at several pharmacies in Bedford, Rutherford, and Cannon counties."
Venus Clark of Shelbyville and Vincent Valencino and Cameron McKee, both of Rutherford County, were also charged Friday. Ashley Pretzer of Wartrace was arrested Aug. 2 for her alleged involvement.
"The six individuals conspired with one another to fraudulently obtain and distribute controlled substances dating as far back as October of 2011," Crews said.
The group is responsible for obtaining and distributing over 8,000 pills, police said.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is working with local police in the case, Crews said.