A receptionist at a Springfield-based dental office is facing 15 counts of obtaining drugs by fraud after allegedly using a dentist’s name to fill false prescriptions.
Candice Fazio, 47, allegedly used the electronic prescription system at Moini, Witzenberger and Associates to obtain narcotics, benzodiazepine and anti-biotics from the Super Stop & Shop pharmacy in Feeding Hills.
Fazio, who pleaded not guilty at her arraignment July 9 in Westfield District Court, is accused of filling prescriptions for acetaminophen with codeine, amoxicillin, lorazepam, acetaminophen with ozycodone and acetaminophen with hydrocodone.
Dr. Mohammad Moini said Fazio had worked in his office for under a year and was no longer in his employ. He was on vacation when another employee discovered the falsified prescriptions, he said in a phone interview.
According to an Agawam police report, the employee who discovered the alleged fraud found numerous electronic prescriptions deleted from the practice’s computer and found that Fazio had filled them. The practice then notified police.
Police interviewed Moini, who told them he had not written any prescriptions for Fazio, according to the report. Moini called the pharmacy and told them to not fill any more prescriptions in his name, the report said.
An employee at the pharmacy told the police Fazio had obtained drugs on a number of occasions, from Nov. 6 2014 to April 29 2015.
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