Bergen County officials say they hope that the arrest of a 21-year-old man on
drug crime charges will help them shut down a prescription fraud ring.
The New York man, 21, arrested earlier this week in Glen Rock was booked
on prescription fraud charges, law enforcement officials said.
He was arrested shortly before 7 p.m. at Rock Ridge Pharmacy for allegedly
attempting to use a fraudulent prescription for Oxycodone.
Police said they chased the suspect on foot before apprehending the man
between the railroad tracks and Glen Rock Savings Bank.
Police say they hope the arrest could lead to further busts in prescription
frauds they say have taken place in Hawthorne, Freehold, Fair Lawn and
several New York locations.
A police department spokesperson said the Glen Rock officers arrived on
the scene after getting a call from the pharmacy that the man was attempting
to use a prescription that appeared fraudulent.
Police say the suspect is believed to be part of a group with two other
men and a woman, all still at large, believed to be carrying out similar
prescription frauds in the area.
"This is a break in a prescription fraud ring we believe to be based
in Brooklyn," a law enforcement spokesperson said earlier this week.
"There have been at least a dozen attempts where this crew has hit."
The group is allegedly using a prescription pad stolen from a psychiatrist
in New York, who reportedly doesn't know how or when his pad was taken.
At least two pharmacies have turned away attempts to use the stolen prescriptions,
In similar cases, people who suspect they're under police investigation
do well to discuss their legal options with an experienced attorney who
can help protect their rights and freedom.
Source: NorthJersey.com, "In Glen Rock arrest, police seek clues to Bergen
prescription fraud ring," May 16, 2012