Monessen woman accused of fraud
Police charged a Monessen woman on Tuesday after she allegedly acquired false prescriptions she had called in for herself.
Erica Marie Ciepley, 33, of 52 Scenery Blvd., is accused of calling in prescriptions to the Monessen Rite Aid from two physicians' offices and picking them up last month.
Monessen police Officer Dave Yuhasz said he was called to the pharmacy on April 18 where pharmacist Lindsay Bajek said she received phone messages left late at night requesting 30 tablets of Vicodin. The voice message allegedly requested the prescription for Ciepley from the office of Dr. Belasco Ober and Associates in Washington Township.
Bajek said she contacted the physician, Dr. Anthony Churak, who confirmed no such prescription was called in for Ciepley, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
Bajek informed the officer that another prescription for 90 tablets of Clonazepam was called in on April 11 from an employee at the office of Dr. Ravindra Mehta in Brownsville.
Bajek said she placed a call to that doctor's office, which confirmed that no such prescription was placed.
Yuhasz said he later contacted both doctors' offices, verifying Bajek's claims.
According to the affidavit, Cieply allegedly picked up the Vicodin on April 15 at the pharmacy's drive-through window where she engaged in a conversation with Bajek.
Bajek checked the voice recordings for the prescriptions that had been called in and identified the voice as Ciepley's, according to police.
Ciepley was charged with two counts each of controlled substance by fraud/deception, criminal use of a communication facility and possession of a controlled substance.
Yuhasz said Ciepley will receive the charges via summons.
Monessen police Chief John Mandarino said the state Attorney General's office also is looking into the case.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-684-2635.
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