Fayette attorney charged with illegally obtaining prescription drugs
A Fayette County attorney has been charged with using forged prescriptions to illegally obtain prescription pain medications.
William David Assad, 34, of 123 Union St., Uniontown, was arrested Thursday and charged with one count of unlawfully obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud or forgery.
According to the police criminal complaint, Assad used his personal computer to scan old prescriptions and modify them. The altered prescriptions were then taken to a Uniontown pharmacy to be filled.
State Attorney General Tom Corbett said the investigation began in June 2005 after a Uniontown pharmacist reported a case of suspected prescription fraud to the Uniontown Police Department. Uniontown police contacted agents from the Attorney General's Drug Diversion Unit who launched the investigation.
The criminal complaint indicates that prescription records identified nine suspicious prescriptions in Assad's name. The prescriptions were for Loritab and Vicodin, both narcotic pain medications containing hydrocodone. The nine suspicious prescriptions were allegedly filled by Assad between February and May 2005, totaling 330 Vicodin tablets and 270 Loritab tablets.
Corbett said the prescriptions were purportedly written by two Uniontown-area dentists. Bureau of Narcotics agents interviewed both dentists and verified the suspect prescriptions had not been written or signed by them.
Assad was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Mark Blair and released on $50,000 unsecured bail. Assad waived his preliminary hearing and will appear in the Fayette County Court of Common Pleas at a later date.
Corbett said that the charge is a felony punishable by up to five years in prison and $15,000 in fines.
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers’ coach Tomlin downplays verbal spat with Bengals’ Nelson
- Rossi: Steelers season something to behold
- Steelers QB Roethlisberger not perfect but good enough
- Steelers beat Bengals, earn home playoff game
- Washington County homeowner fatally shoots assailant; second suspect arrested
- Steelers notebook: Opponents for 2015 are released
- Steelers-Bengals game changers: McCain’s 2nd interception turns momentum
- Penguins forward Hornqvist out for several weeks
- Man dies following jump from bridge in Manor
- Yellow Cab aims to adapt Pittsburgh service with app
- Reliable alternative to water could ease economic, environmental issues for gas drillers