Five of six defendants charged in an alleged conspiracy involving forged prescriptions passed at area pharmacies learned Thursday when they will have to make a decision about their case.
Nov. 1 was set as the disposition date for the five who were indicted by direct presentment to the grand jury two weeks ago. They must decide to make a plea or go to trial.
Appearing before Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell were:
*Kyle Allan Hays, 22, of Shelbyville, charged with 36 counts of receiving schedule III drugs, 18 counts of obtaining drugs by fraud, 11 counts of receiving schedule II drugs, and five counts of forgery.
*Sonia Denise Deosio, 38, of Shelbyville, facing 16 counts of receiving schedule III drugs, eight counts of obtaining drugs by fraud, and 25 counts of forgery.
*Venus Velveeta Clark, 38, of Shelbyville, charged with six counts involving schedule III drugs, three counts of obtaining drugs by fraud, four counts of forgery and eight counts involving schedule II drugs.
*Cameron Alexander McKee, 21, of Murfreesboro, facing 16 counts involving schedule III drugs.
*Vincent Michael Valencino, 23, of Christiana, charged with ten counts involving schedule III drugs, eight counts dealing with schedule II drugs, four counts of forgery and two charges of obtaining drugs by fraud.
Ashley Pretzer of Wartrace was arrested Aug. 2 for her alleged involvement in the alleged conspiracy, but did not appear in court on Thursday.
Russell advised the five that things move much more quickly at the Circuit Court level than in General Sessions Court, giving attorneys and the defendants until Oct. 12 for any discovery requests.
According to Detective Sgt. Brian Crews of the Shelbyville Police Department, Deosio is a former employee in the office of Dr. Lynette Adams of Shelbyville and allegedly forged a number of prescriptions from the doctor.
She and Hays, her boyfriend, allegedly provided the forged prescriptions to Pretzer, Clark, McKee and Valencino, who are accused of passing them at several pharmacies in Bedford, Rutherford, and Cannon counties.
Crews said that the filled prescriptions were then allegedly returned to Deosio and Hays, who paid up to $200 each for them.
The conspiracy to fraudulently obtain and distribute the controlled substances dated as far back as October 2011, Crews said, and the group is allegedly responsible for obtaining and distributing over 8,000 pills.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is also working with local authorities in the case.
T-G copy editor David Melson contributed to this report.