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BUTTE — Officials announced Thursday that a former Butte woman received a sentence of six months in federal prison for obtaining pain killers through fraud.

Cyd Marie Babb, 42, of Billings admitted to using about 50 different fraudulent names to get hydrocodone. Babb also forged the names of about 26 medical professionals in her scheme, court documents state.

Babb pleaded guilty to the federal charge. She received her sentence on Feb. 21.

Authorities say Babb called pharmacies about 1,000 times from 2011 to 2013. She called in fake prescriptions to 58 different pharmacies in 17 different Montana cities and also ones in Idaho and Wyoming.

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Many of those pharmacies have video and photos of Babb picking up and paying for the fraudulent pain killer prescriptions.

In May 2013, Babb was caught obtaining a 180-pill hydrocodone prescription for a made up patient in Bozeman. Babb told the pharmacy that she was calling from a doctor’s and fraudulently used the doctor’s Drug Enforcement Agency number to call in a prescription for a fictitious patient.

The pharmacist told DEA agents that Price Rite had received numerous prescriptions for large amounts of hydrocodone that were picked up by a stocky, middle-age female. Agents showed the pharmacist and a pharmacy technician a photo line-up containing Babb. Both individuals identified Babb as the female that picked up the prescription for the fictitious patient, officials said.

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