Jeb Bush's Daughter Is Arrested
Jan. 30, 2002
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Gov. Jeb Bush's 24-year-old daughter was arrested at a pharmacy drive-through window Tuesday on charges of trying to buy the anti-anxiety drug Xanax with a fraudulent prescription.
Authorities said Noelle Bush apparently posed as a doctor and called in the phony prescription after suffering a panic attack Monday evening.
Bush, who was supposed to start a new job Tuesday at a software company, was jailed and released pending a Jan. 31 arraignment. She did not have to post bond.
She could get up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted. Bush's attorney, former Florida deputy attorney general Pete Antonacci, could not be reached after hours at his office.
Jeb Bush and his wife, Columba, issued a statement saying they were ``deeply saddened'' by the incident involving their only daughter. They said ``substance abuse is an issue confronting many families across our nation.''
``She's doing fine,'' the governor said. ``It's really hard for our family, but a lot of families go through this.''
President Bush's twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara, have gotten in trouble for underage drinking.
Jeb and Columba Bush have said that one of their three children struggled with a drug problem; they did not say whether it was Noelle.
According to police, a woman called a Walgreens pharmacy Monday to see if a prescription had been called in for Noelle Bush. Pharmacist Carlos Zimmerman checked the voice mail and heard a woman claiming to be Dr. Noel Scidmore requesting a prescription for Xanax, a drug normally used to treat anxiety disorders.
He called the doctor's answering service. Another doctor returned the call and said Scidmore ``is moving and isn't really practicing now.''
When the woman called back, the pharmacist said the prescription would be ready shortly. Noelle Bush drove up about 1 a.m. and was waiting there when police arrived.
Police said Noelle Bush's voice and the voice on the answering machine appear to be identical.
Scidmore could not be reached for comment; he has an unlisted home phone number. A message was left on the answering machine of his listed medical office.
Tom Lynch, president of Infinity Software, said Bush had been scheduled to start as an administrative assistant Tuesday. He said the job offer stands.
Bush, who lives in Tallahassee, studied art and graduated from a local community college in 2000. She attended Florida State University during the 2000-01 academic year but is not enrolled now.
Since 1995, she has received seven speeding tickets and been involved in three automobile crashes, Florida motor vehicle records show.
Last May, Jenna Bush was charged with using someone else's ID to try to buy a margarita at a restaurant in Texas, and her twin sister, Barbara, was charged with underage drinking. The charges were dropped after the twins performed community service, attended alcohol awareness classes and paid $100 fines.
Also, Jenna was fined $500 and her license was suspended for a separate underage drinking charge in April.