Share This Page

Harrison woman accused of illegally obtaining pill prescriptions

| Saturday, June 28, 2014, 1:21 a.m.
Melissa Bock

A 26-year-old Harrison woman is accused of illegally using prescription numbers to get thousands of narcotic pills from Alle-Kiski Valley pharmacies.

State drug agents say Melissa Lynn Bock, of the 1100 block of Idaho Avenue, Natrona Heights, is charged with forgery, identity theft and filing false insurance claims in addition to obtaining a regulated drug by misrepresentation.

According to an affidavit, Bock obtained at least 2,300 Vicodin or similar pills in Allegheny, Westmoreland and Butler counties.

According to an affidavit, police were called by the office manager for the Greater Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Associates, commonly referred to as GPOA, about alleged prescription forgery at its office in Brackenridge.

A Brackenridge patrolman and a federal agent from the Drug Enforcement Agency learned that Bock worked at GPOA from December 2011 through Jan. 24 of this year.

She is accused of using a doctor's prescription pad that allows for narcotic prescriptions and posing as other employees to call in at least 40 false prescriptions for a boyfriend. The alleged fake prescriptions occurred between August and January, the affidavit alleges.

Prescriptions were passed at two pharmacies in Harrison and Giant Eagle pharmacies in New Kensington and Buffalo Township.

Bock was arraigned on Thursday by District Judge Sue Haggerty in Saxonburg. She was released on an unsecured bond pending a July 30 preliminary hearing.

Bock's arrest was announced on Friday by the state Attorney General's Office.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or cbiedka@tribweb.com.

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.