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Pricedale man to stand trial for drug fraud

| Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

A Rostraver Township man will face another trial in Westmoreland County for allegedly trying to fill a false prescription at a local pharmacy.

Chad R. Mitchell, 31, of 114 Allen Ave., Pricedale, waived his right to a preliminary hearing Monday on charges of criminal attempt – procure for self/other drug by fraud and procure for self/other drug by fraud.

Rostraver Township police said on Jan. 14, Mitchell allegedly attempted to refill prescriptions for alprazolam and hydrocodone at Hometown Pharmacy on Plaza Drive.

Officer Joe Spinola said pharmacist Amy Baloh contacted police after checking the original prescription from Penn State Medical Center in Hershey.

Police said Baloh contacted the medical center and verified Mitchell had never been a patient.

Police went to Mitchell's residence on Jan. 28, where he allegedly admitted that he and a friend used a computer to print the fraudulent prescription.

Mitchell also allegedly admitted to contacting the pharmacy and requesting a refill. He was released on his own recognizance. A trial date had not been set as of Monday.

Monessen police arrested Mitchell in January as he attempted to pick up 180 alprazolam tablets at the Rite Aid pharmacy. He is facing a Sept. 8 trial for those charges in the Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas.

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