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Men involved in pharmaceutical scam stemming from New York busted in Stark County

Posted at 9:28 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-23 08:07:07-04

BREWSTER, Ohio — Brewster police busted two individuals from New York involved in a pharmaceutical scam on Thursday, according to the Brewster Police Department.

On May 20, the Brewster Family Pharmacy called police about a “suspicious prescription refill request.”

During the investigation police learned that a man had called the pharmacy pretending to be a doctor and provided pharmacists with false information to obtain the prescription illegally. Police also learned that the same man illegally obtained the same kind of prescription on May 8.

The day after the Brewster Family Pharmacy received the suspicious prescription refill request, a man entered the pharmacy and attempted to obtain the prescription, police said.

After the pharmacy refused to give him the prescription, the man left. Officers observed the man driving away and during his commute he committed multiple traffic violations, according to police.

Officers initiated a traffic stop and found that the man’s license was suspended and he and his passenger were New York residents involved in a pharmaceutical scam stemming from their home state, police said.

It was also discovered that the men were involved in an incident at a Marathon BellStores gas station that occurred on May 8 after they illegally obtained a prescription, according to police.

Felony arrest warrants for both individuals are in the process of being obtained.