Police: Wallingford woman got 174 Percocet pills with fake prescriptions

This story was originally published in the New Haven Register 

CaptureHAMDEN >> A former drug store employee is facing forgery charges after police say she stole several prescription pads from her job, forged a physician’s name and obtained several prescriptions illegally.

Deane Burkhart, 45, of Wallingford, was arrested on a warrant Wednesday charging her with seven counts of illegally obtaining prescription drugs, seven counts of second-degree forgery and seven counts of sixth-degree larceny.

In January 2017 Hamden Police responded to Walgreens, 2505 Whitney Ave., on the report of fraud. An investigation revealed that Burkhart, who was an employee there, stole several prescription pads, police said.

She filled several prescriptions and received 174 Percocet pills during several different transactions after forging the name of a local physician, according to police.

Officer Stephen Phipps conducted the investigation, police said.

Burkhart turned herself in at police headquarters. She is scheduled to appear in court in Meriden on March 22.

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