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Woman who tried to obtain narcotics from doctors is sentenced

A Rochester woman accused of calling physicians throughout the Twin Cities area to get them to phone pharmacies with prescriptions for narcotic pain medication has been put on probation for 10 years.

Tammie Renee Pavlak, 53, was charged with 18 counts of fifth-degree controlled substance crime, all felonies. She pleaded guilty on June 25 to four counts and the remainder were dismissed under the plea agreement.

On Oct. 8, she returned to court for sentencing. Olmsted County District Judge Joseph Chase put her on probation for 10 years and ordered her to do 200 hours of community work service. She is to complete all programming required, including chemical dependency treatment. She is not to possess or use chemicals or alcohol and is not to enter bars or liquor stores. She will be subject to chemical testing and random searches. She must pay $85 in court fees.

Pavlak was charged in March, accused of obtaining the prescription pain medications through fraud or deceit during a four-month period in 2008.

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