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January 17, 2014

String of charges lands woman in jail

SALEM — A Swampscott woman who was described by a probation officer as “out of control” is being held at MCI Framingham following her latest arrest yesterday on charges that she altered the date on a prescription and tried to fill it.

Earlier this month, a sympathetic judge gave Janine Wilson a break after he heard about a serious car accident that left her with post-traumatic stress disorder. She since has been arrested twice, and she is also charged with another attempt at passing a phony prescription.

Wilson, 33, of 5 Alvin Road, went into the Target pharmacy on Highland Avenue yesterday with a prescription for Adderall, a stimulant drug used to treat individuals with attention deficit disorder, said Salem police Lt. Conrad Prosniewski. A pharmacy clerk noticed that the date on the prescription had been altered, he said.

Prosniewski said that Wilson had also gone to the Target pharmacy on Monday with a prescription from a veterinary hospital for the generic version of Xanax. The prescription was written for a “Linda Wilson,” and the signature at the pharmacy read “Jackie Wilson,” but the driver’s license number that had been provided to the pharmacist was Wilson’s, he said.

Wilson has made a string of court appearances this month.

On Jan. 2, she appeared in court in connection with a bad-check case and a shoplifting charge; both cases were continued without a finding for six months. An earlier credit card fraud charge, stemming from an incident in which police said she stole a credit card from a customer on her dog-walking route, was dismissed.

Then, on Jan. 9, Wilson was back in front of a judge, charged with shoplifting a $60 Coach wallet from a Salem store.

Her attorney, Richard Callahan, urged the judge to release Wilson again yesterday, again pointing to the car crash and Wilson’s PTSD diagnosis. “She is struggling, and incarceration won’t do any good,” the lawyer argued.

But Judge Michael Lauranzano granted a probation officer’s request to detain Wilson pending a final probation violation hearing, and he set bail in the newest case at $500.

That probation hearing is scheduled for Feb. 14, and Wilson will be held at Framingham until then.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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