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Columbia County businessman, former dentist, arrested for prescription fraud

Posted: October 10, 2012 - 9:59am  |  Updated: October 10, 2012 - 10:01am
George Norman Snelling III, 61, of Martinez, was arrested late Tuesday for prescription fraud.   Columbia County Sheriff's Office
Columbia County Sheriff's Office
George Norman Snelling III, 61, of Martinez, was arrested late Tuesday for prescription fraud.

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Prominent Columbia County businessman and political contributor George Snelling was arrested Tuesday evening on three counts of prescription drug fraud.

According to reports obtained from the Columbia County Sheriff’s office, Snelling, a licensed, but non-practicing dentist, wrote prescriptions for 20 10mg Valium pills and 20 50mg 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 office Capt. Steve Morris said.

The Columbia County Sheriff’s Department was notified of the two suspicious hand-written 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,” sheriff’s office Capt. Steve Morris said.

Snelling was released on $18,800 bond.

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Comments (4)


It never ceases to amaze me

It never ceases to amaze me how foolish some people can be. Do you think that maybe the pharmacist got suspicious when a non-practicing dentist wrote a prescription for Tramadol, which has no benefit in a dental setting?



When will people learn that drugs are bad for you??????

Lamya Dalton

Prescription drugs such as

Prescription drugs such as Valium, Xanax, Zoloft or Adderal have a high risk of leading to abuse and addiction, this is why Dr. George Snelling's actions are not surprising. Of course such actions would be unimaginable for most dentists in Brooklyn, since any practicing health professional cares too much about his reputation and livelihood to risk it for some painkillers. The question is, does Dr. Snelling have a prescription drug abuse problem?

Lamya Dalton

First, Dr. Snelling has to

First, Dr. Snelling has to talk to a lawyer immediately, because from the authorities' point of view, he's guilty of fraud and probably drug dealing, and that car search means they are now building a case against him. I only he had chosen to offer treatment for TMJ in Rogers MN, all this could have been avoided. Bad things can happen fast and out of your control if you assume that you can fix this without legal advice


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