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Columbia County businessman charged with prescription fraud

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 11:44 AM
Last updated Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 1:44 AM
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Columbia County businessman and political contributor George Snelling was arrested Tuesday night and charged with three counts of prescription drug fraud.

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According to reports obtained from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Snelling, a licensed but nonpracticing dentist, wrote prescriptions for 20 10 mg Valium pills and 20 50 mg Tramadol pills for Janelle Klein, an employee at one of Snelling’s self-storage
businesses.

Snelling got Klein, who didn’t ask for the prescription, to fill it for him so he could distribute the medications to a third party, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was notified of the two suspicious handwritten prescriptions by Ashley London, a pharmacist at the Walgreens at the corner of Washington Road and Bobby Jones Expressway. No other arrests were made.

“We don’t anticipate additional charges,” Morris said.

Snelling was released on $18,800 bond.

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Tullie
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Tullie 10/10/12 - 12:15 pm
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Looks Happy

Wonder why he is smiling like that?

Shaky Main
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Shaky Main 10/10/12 - 12:40 pm
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Dr. Snelling is known to be

Dr. Snelling is known to be charitable and was probably helping out a friend who needed the medications, but who is this friend/third party and why couldn't they have a prescription written directly in their name? Something smells rather fishy. Too bad Dr. Snelling got his employee involved in this.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 10/10/12 - 12:42 pm
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Hmmmmm.

Let's see what develops. I love my friends but I would not write a phony prescription for them.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 10/10/12 - 12:47 pm
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Happiest

Mug shot I've ever seen. Custom jail clothing.....don't most folks have on the issued orange jump suit for their photo?

justus4
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justus4 10/10/12 - 01:25 pm
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This is an easy one....he
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This is an easy one....he wont be convicted of anything. That's why he has the BIG smile. The "charges" indicates a slap-on-the-wrist result or a "oh well" mentality - he has nothing to worry about.

justus4
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justus4 10/10/12 - 01:25 pm
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This is an easy one....he
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This is an easy one....he wont be convicted of anything. That's why he has the BIG smile. The "charges" indicates a slap-on-the-wrist result or a "oh well" mentality - he has nothing to worry about.

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Barry Paschal 10/10/12 - 02:58 pm
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Orange jumpsuits

The sheriff's office reserves the orange jumpsuits for those who are booked into the jail overnight. Those who are expected to bond out after booking usually are allowed to stay in their street clothes.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/10/12 - 05:53 pm
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It is legal to pick up

It is legal to pick up prescriptions for other people. Putting another person's name on it so he/she could pick it up for someone disabled or something is probably illegal, but could possibly be excused.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/10/12 - 06:38 pm
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Another Point

There's no reason dentists with 3 years of DENTAL school should be allowed to write scripts for the meds they are allowed access to. I'll bet if you look closely into the matter, you'll find dentists are one of the major sources of drugs illegally obtained. You would be better off giving doctors of philosophy prescription privileges for restricted drugs.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 10/10/12 - 07:52 pm
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"Columbia County businessman

"Columbia County businessman and political contributor"

"political contributor" to/for who?

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 10/10/12 - 08:41 pm
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We live in a "there's a pill

We live in a "there's a pill for everything society" people actually beg for pills. He is innocent until proven guilty.

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Lakeside95 10/11/12 - 12:15 am
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Karma

Whether Dr. Snelling is guilty or innocent really doesn't matter. Now he will understand that it takes only the arrest, the accusation and the media attention to turn you from upstanding citizen to drug dealer. And to whomever asked regarding who he contributed to politically? Basically anyone who ran as a Republican and lost in the primary in the last several years. He was a supporter of Brett McGuire, David Payne and Karen Handel, those are the names that come to me first. You can go to the Columbia County Board of Elections and pull disclosure forms from all the commissioners and school board members to see if he has been contributing to their campaigns.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 10/11/12 - 05:56 am
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Lakeside9510/11/12 - 12:15 am

Thanks. It was a curiosity to me as to why that was even mentioned in the story. Almost like there was an agenda for retribution wouldn't you think? Were his drug charges in any way related to his political affiliation? What was the point of inserting that into the story and then leaving it to conjecture. Will there be more?

Tullie
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Tullie 10/11/12 - 08:06 am
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Riverman said:

It is legal to pick up prescriptions for other people. Putting another person's name on it so he/she could pick it up for someone disabled or something is probably illegal, but could possibly be excused.

What? You can pick up prescriptions for someone else if the pharmacy knows you and/or you are on their list to do so.

This dentist is licensed but not practicing wrote a prescription out to one of his employees that didn't ask for it, supposedly for someone else.

Now, you say that it can possibly be excused. I think it is wrong no matter where you live, how you look at it, who you are.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/11/12 - 09:49 am
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Tullie, I get your point.

Tullie, I get your point. That's why I said "possibly." From all we know, it was wrong, but if he was only getting the woman to pick-up the meds for another person who needed it, I would be understanding as I think the court would. I bet that happens a lot. Also, many retired practitioners write scripts for people at times. They are still licensed. It's a common practice.

However, frankly, as I said above, a dentist has no business having access to those type drugs. They spend only three years in dental school, basically studying dentistry with little time devoted to medicine. I think they are one of the suppliers to soccer moms of drugs they have no business having. The law should be changed to limit what they can prescribe.

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Darby 10/11/12 - 10:43 am
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Politics

Retired Army wants to know who the good doctor gives his political contributions to. I think the doc is conservative but has been known to donate to both sides on occasion. Don't quote me, but I was told (last week, before this incident) that Richard Roundtree was one of several guests in his skybox at a Braves game in Atlanta. I've heard that politics makes for strange bedfellows.

From everything I've heard or seen the doctor has been a real stand-up guy. I sincerely hope this is just a slip and is not the proverbial "tip of the iceberg".

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mycomments 10/11/12 - 12:00 pm
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Riverman, I would buy getting

Riverman, I would buy getting her to pick up the drugs for someone else. But, in that case, the name on the prescription would have been someone else, not her. The problem is the prescription was in her name and she didn't request the prescription. She was picking jup a prescription in her name, giving it to Snelling who in turn would give it to the person who requested it. That is a felony. And a serious lapse of judgement on his part for which he'll be paying for the rest of his life.

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jennyrviera 10/11/12 - 01:23 pm
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Riverman1, dentist use valium

Riverman1, dentist use valium all the time in office and out. They give it in office prior to a procedure to help calm a patient and may write a script for the patient to take when they get home to help sleep thru pain. Or, when having teeth removed they give presciptions of tylenol 3 or stronger. They administer gas to patients, so they don't just hand out scripts like candy. There are plenty of other "docs" that should be looked at. Especially those who hand out Xanax like it's going out of style. And school is anywhere from 3 - 4 years year for general dentistry and another 2-6 if you are going to specialize. If anything dentists prescriptions are more scrutinized than any other practicing doctors.

Jane18
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Jane18 10/11/12 - 01:35 pm
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Valium and Tramadol

Do not take Valium, and never have. Tramadol I do take. 50mg, up to one every six hours with an Aleve with two of those doses. Does it do anything for the pain? Not really, but psychologically I want to think it does. Oh yeah, I also wear a Fentanyl 25mcg patch, now that has helped me. I have low back pain(the doctors call it degeneration of the bone), and if some of you don't have it or know about it, a good pain killer is a lifesaver. I don't know this doctor, except for what some of you have said, but, he really needs to weed out some of his "friends".

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 10/11/12 - 01:41 pm
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Only him?

The employee who was gladly taking the prescriptions to get filled (I assume they were written to her) isn't being charged?

Tullie
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Tullie 10/11/12 - 02:04 pm
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Riverman if he is getting his

Riverman if he is getting his employee to pick up the meds for another person who needed it then the perscription should have been in that other persons name. That was my point. It should not happen a lot that perscriptions are written in someones name for someone else..actually that is illegal and I don't think the court would be understanding.

But I see now from your comments..I was focused more on the employee that was in the middle of this mess through no fault of her own and you were focusing that 3-year dentists shouldn't be able to write prescriptions.

Well, I don't know how long this dentist went to school, but I want my dentist to have access to all the medicine he can get me. I am scared to death of dentists and I am one of those that need calming down and I don't particularly want to be in any kind of pain after having dental work done. Also, I don't want the added expense of having to go to a specialist unless it is necessary.

Anyway, adding on more years of study of medicine is not going to help a person with ethics.

Darby
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Darby 10/11/12 - 03:05 pm
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Just Him??

The woman was not charged, presumably because she cooperated with the police. Wouldn't be too hard on her anyway. She was an employee, probably not that sophisticated to begin with and felt pressure to please the boss.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/11/12 - 04:02 pm
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JennyRv said, "Riverman1,

JennyRv said, "Riverman1, dentist use valium all the time in office and out. They give it in office prior to a procedure to help calm a patient and may write a script for the patient to take when they get home to help sleep thru pain. Or, when having teeth removed they give presciptions of tylenol 3 or stronger. They administer gas to patients, so they don't just hand out scripts like candy."

By far the majority of dentists only went to dental school for 3 years and do not have to do any type of internship. Of course there are specialists, etc. who do more. Most dentists have limited MEDICAL training.

I have no problem with them giving Valium (diazepam) in the office pre procedure, but patients should not be given a prescription for Valium later. It's an anti-anxiety drug. A handful of Tylenol #3 would be acceptable too, post procedure. Beyond that, dentists don't need to be writing for other controlled narcotics. If the patient is still having pain after a few Tylenol #3, he needs to return to the office.

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WAG 10/11/12 - 06:48 pm
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Well my comment got removed .

Well my comment got removed . Knew you could not print the truth on here. Just who was the meds going to....His employeses are expected to anything he ask of them....or they dont have a job.....

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