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Saturday, June 28, 2014, 1:21 a.m.
 

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.

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