Stupid Criminals: The Fake Doctor’s Note

08 Dec

It seems that Michelle Elaine Astumian enjoyed writing fake prescriptions to obtain various drugs. Her scam was discovered, she pleaded no contest to kiting the fake scripts, and found herself facing up to five years in prison. When she arrived at the San Luis Obispo County, California courtroom for sentencing, Michelle handed the judge a doctor’s note designed to delay the hearing. You guessed it. The doctor’s note was apparently also forged. She is nothing if not consistent.

When the judge immediately revoked her bail and remanded her to custody, she collapsed to the floor. Medics were called and she was taken to a nearby hospital. Every ER doctor will tell you that such antics by arrestees are not uncommon. Hospitals are better places to hang out than are jails. In what could only be described as an understatement, Deputy District Attorney Dave Pomeroy said that he approached “her reaction with understandable skepticism.”


Posted by on December 8, 2011 in Stupid Criminals


3 responses to “Stupid Criminals: The Fake Doctor’s Note

  1. Kathy McIntosh

    December 8, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Seems that the criminals in fiction are often way more intelligent than in reality.


    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      December 8, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      It is often said that a cop’s best friend is a stupid criminal.


  2. Brenda

    December 8, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    The saying that only the stupid criminals get caught seems proven true once again. It would be hard to write a mystery about anyone this stupid except some kind of caper.



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