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.