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Court hearing delayed for local novelist

Posted January 26, 2009 4:02 a.m. EST
Updated January 28, 2009 12:52 p.m. EST

— Best-selling author Kaye Gibbons must wait until March to face a North Carolina judge on prescription drug fraud charges.

The author of "Ellen Foster" and six other novels was expected to appear in Wake County District Court Monday morning but the judge delayed her case until March 9.

Gibbons and her attorneys declined to comment as they left the courthouse.

The 48-year-old was charged Nov. 2 with obtaining property by false pretense and illegal possession of a controlled substance.

An officer said authorities were called to a pharmacy when Gibbons tried to pick up the prescription painkiller hydrocodone. Gibbons was released from jail in November after posting $5,500 bail.

In August, she was charged with three counts each of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresenting herself as a physician and obtaining property by false pretense and one count of attempting to obtain a controlled substance by misrepresenting herself as a physician.