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Area woman accused of having stolen prescription filled

Forgery charges have been filed against an Elgin woman who allegedly stole her boyfriend's prescription and got it filled last winter.

Wendy Jo Hofbauer, 27, is charged with two counts of aggravated forgery, one count of fifth-degree controlled substance crime and one count of attempted fifth-degree controlled substance crime. A summons has been issued for her to be in Olmsted District Court on July 12.

According to the criminal complaint, pharmacy employees at Target South became suspicious when a woman dropped off a prescription for dextroamphetamine on Nov. 27. The complaint said the employees suspected the doctor's name was photocopied. The name on the prescription was Annalise Black. Employees called the doctor, who said Black was not a patient and that he had written only two prescriptions for that drug. One of them was for Hofbauer's boyfriend, authorities say.

A similar prescription was filled by the same woman on Nov. 23 at Target North, authorities say. Surveillance videos show the same woman at both stores, and a phone number used by the woman in the Nov. 23 incident led police to Hofbauer.

The complaint said she admitted stealing the prescription from her boyfriend and using the name Annalise Black when trying to get the prescription filled. She said she created a template from the original prescription and changed the name, date and address. She said she put the original prescription back where her boyfriend keeps them, according to the complaint.

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