A Nicholas County woman who issued herself prescriptions without authorization from a doctor pleaded guilty in Charleston federal court Monday.

Cary Lynn Eades, 47, of Mount Nebo, admitted to obtaining the prescription opioid pain medication tramadol by fraud.

Between Jan. 2012 and March 2015, Eades used her position as a medical practice manager to issue herself prescriptions for tramadol using the names and DEA registration numbers of doctors for whom she worked.

Eades filled prescriptions several times at pharmacies in Nicholas, Fayette, and Kanawha counties. She was caught in Feb. 2015 by the Central West Virginia Drug Task Force when one of the medical practices reported suspicious prescriptions being issued to her.

Eades was indicted in Fayette and Nicholas counties in 2015 on more than 30 felony counts of obtaining a prescription by fraud. She faces up to four years in federal prison when she is sentenced on Sept. 26.