Two Valley residents seek to avoid felonies |

Two Valley residents seek to avoid felonies

A Gardnerville Ranchos woman admitted she forged 20 prescriptions for a diet drug on Tuesday.

Sarah Kauffmann, 34, admitted to obtaining a prescription drug by forgery, a felony, in exchange for have three other felonies dismissed.

Prosecutor Tina Russom said Kauffmann had no prior criminal record, and both she and defense attorney Kris Brown agreed that Kauffman should be allowed to enter a diversion program.

Because that program does not involve the Western Nevada Regional Drug Court, Kauffmann will have to make regular appearances in district court, Judge Tod Young said.

If she fails out of the program, she could face up to 1-4 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Kauffman’s case came to light when the Nevada Division of Investigations was notified by the state pharmacy board that the same prescription for phenterimine had been forged and faxed in to pharmacies about 20 times.

Kauffman received a single prescription for the drug on Jan. 17, 2014, but didn’t fill it. On Tuesday she admitted altering the prescription.

A 19-year-old Gardnerville man who is facing prison for a felony drug count is hoping for a diversion.

Michael Grant faces 1-6 years in prison and a $5,000 fine after he admitted to being a principal to the sale of a controlled substance.

According to court documents, Grant sold hash oil on Sept. 15, 2015.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors won’t oppose his diversion into Western Nevada Regional Drug Court.

Grant is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 18. In the meantime, Young permitted him to participate in the drug court program.

A diversion is a 2-3-year program that allows an offender to avoid a felony conviction if successful.