WALLINGFORD — A New York man was arrested on a fugitive warrant in connection with calling in fraudulent prescriptions to local pharmacies.
Michael Gladden, 27, of 137 5th St. in New York, NY was arrested Monday by New York Police for being a fugitive from justice. Wallingford police had an active arrest warrant for Gladden, Lt. Marc Mikulski said.
Gladden was charged with second-degree forgery, two counts of criminal attempt to possess narcotics, two counts of criminal attempt to possess controlled substance, and two counts of criminal attempt to obtain a controlled drug.
Mikulski said police began investigating in February 2012 after local pharmacies, including Walgreens and CVS reported suspicious prescriptions. Police learned that a group out of New York was attempting to pass fake prescriptions in Wallingford, North Haven and Meriden, Mikulski said.
Police got enough information to put out the warrant for Gladden and he was arrested by the NYPD, Mikulski said. Wallingford detectives went to Manhattan to pick up Gladden and brought him to the Wallingford police department. He was held on $25,000 bond and is due in Meriden Superior Court Jan. 2.
More arrests are expected and the investigation is still active, Mikulski said.
This kind of prescription fraud is a “new genre of law enforcement” with the suspects calling in fake prescriptions to pharmacies posing as a member of the medical community, Mikulski said.
“Pharmacists are very experienced and can detect fraudulent prescriptions,” Mikulski said. “Many pharmacists have a relationship with the doctors and offices and can tell by speaking with them.”
Mikulski said many doctor’s offices now use computer generated prescriptions, but even then the pharmacists look at the prescriptions with a microscope and often will call the doctor directly, Mikulski said.
It was important to note in Gladden’s case, no drugs were actually dispensed to him, Mikulski said.