A Grand Junction woman is facing more than 20 criminal charges after police say she lied to nearly a dozen local medical offices, wrote bad checks and tried to get powerful prescription painkillers.
Police officials say they caught wind of what 52-year-old Joyce Godsey was doing after a local dentist office became suspicious of her and called them.
According to an arrest affidavit, Godsey went to the Bookcliff Medical Center on September 15, and told a dentist's office there she had a pain in an upper left tooth. An employee scheduled an appointment for the next day. That employee later spoke with a nearby dentist's office, who told her Godsey came to their office earlier that same day and scheduled an emergency appointment with them.
The Bookcliff Medical Center office told police when Godsey returned for her appointment on September 16, she told them the pain was on the right side of her mouth -- not the left as she initially reported -- and she asked the dentist to prescribe Vicodin, a strong painkiller. The staff says she also wrote them a bad check for an x-ray they did during the appointment.
The affidavit states that later that same day, police followed her to another dentist office on 7th Street. The office manager there told police she said her name was Joyce King, and she asked for an emergency appointment for tooth pain. The office manager mentioned she recognized that name because another office in their building told them Joyce King had tried to fraudulently get drugs from their office.
Police officials say as officers continued their investigation, they discovered she tried to obtain drugs from eight dentist's offices and one doctor at Community Hospital -- in some cases succeeding. They say she wrote bad checks to several of them along the way.
"We know doctors offices are very busy places and they see a lot of people coming and going. So for the folks to be on top of this to realize something was going on, that certainly helps us out a lot," says Kate Porras, spokeswoman for the Grand Junction Police Department.
Godsey remains at the Mesa County Jail on a $15,000 bond. She faces 24 charges.