Former Miss Russia Caught Forging Prescriptions

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    Former Miss Russia Anna Malova attends "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Cure Parkinson's" - A Benefit Evening For The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson's Research at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel November 22, 2003 in New York City.

    Beauty pageant winners are usually kept a keen eye on -- whether before, during, or after their reign. But that doesn't always stop them from misbehaving.

    Miss Russia 1998, Anna Malova, 38, was arraigned in Manhattan yesterday on charges she stole her doctor’s prescription pad to prescribe painkillers for herself.  She had been arrested Tuesday for illegal possession of drugs and narcotics.

    Prosecutors said Malova's doctor had alerted authorities to the theft on Feb. 24, and cops then alerted pharmacies in the area to be on the lookout for the stolen prescription sheets. The beauty queen was collared as she was leaving a pharmacy in Greenwich Village.

    Ironically, although she is not licensed to practice in the United States, the former Miss Universe contender is a doctor in her native country.

    Malova was being held pending bail and is due back in court Monday.

    She has pleaded not guilty in a similar case in which she was accused of stealing a prescription pad from another doctor -- a psychiatrist who specializes in addiction -- and using it to fill a prescription for 90 Vicodin pills. Prosecutors said she was caught on surveillance cameras at the pharmacy. She's due back in court on that case July 13.

    Malova, a tall blonde with hazel eyes and a wide smile, was Miss Russia in 1998 and once finished in the Top 10 in the Miss Universe pageant.