Fifteen charged in Northampton County PA illegal prescription/heroin ring
Fifteen charged in Northampton County illegal prescription/heroin ring
Posted Apr 7, 2008 at 4:03 PM
Fifteen people were charged Monday with passing fraudulent prescriptions, illegally distributing Percocet and exchanging heroin for prescription drugs in Northampton County, the state Attorney General’s Office said.The office gives the following account based on its investigation and grand jury testimony:
Operation Bad Scripts began in January after an Easton pharmacist contacted agents regarding two fraudulent Percocet prescriptions from a Phillipsburg, N.J., dentist with two distinctly different signatures. Melinda Miller, 26, of Bangor, was a receptionist at the Phillipsburg dental office when the fraudulent descriptions were discovered.
The dentist rarely prescribed Percocet pills and 27 out of 33 of his patients received Percocet prescriptions that were not legitimate.
Donald Smith, 30, of Easton, and James Bruneio, 21, currently in Northampton County Prison, introduced Miller to local drug users who either bought forged prescriptions for $60 to $100 apiece or filled Percocet prescriptions for her.
Using her own and others’ identities to acquire Percocet pills, Miller forged each prescription in the amount of 30 pills and passed them to pharmacies between October and January. Miller had bags of heroin given to those filling prescriptions for her and then sold the filled Percocet prescriptions to buy more heroin for herself.
Also charged in this scheme are the following:
-*- Ezra Poff, 27, Michael Graziano, Keith Jumper and Michael Christopher, all 19, Ricardo Cabrera, 24, Stefanie Gresiak, 44, and Kyle Bonatz, 22, all of Easton.
-*- William Moulton, 23, and Kyle Linn, 19, both currently in Northampton County Prison.
-*- Melissa Anderson, 25, and Travis Lippincott, 24, both of Riegelsville.
-*- Sean Handlovic, 19, of Lock Haven.
Deputy Attorney General Amy Phillips of the Attorney General’s Drug Strike Force will prosecute the case.