A radiologist who pleaded guilty to 47 counts of possessing forged prescriptions suffered from insomnia, a court has heard.
Jacinta Bowler of Kilbonane, Beaufort, Killarney admitted the offences at around 10 different pharmacies in a six-month period between October 2014 and March 2015.
Sergeant Kieran O’Connell told Tralee District Court gardaí were notified when one of the pharmacists grew suspicious about the number of requests being made.
The court heard the defendant had possession of the forged prescriptions at pharmacies in Tralee, Killorglin, Killarney and Farranfore.
Her solicitor Pádraig O’Connell said the mother-of-two was from an exceptionally good background and had lost her job as a result.
He said she had developed a dependence on sleeping tablets after developing insomnia.
She had cooperated fully with gardaí and completed treatment at a residential unit last year and continued to attend meetings.
Judge James O’Connor adjourned the matter to the December 7th sitting of the court for payment of a contribution to the court poor box.