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Pair charged with passing fake prescriptions in Westmoreland County

| Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

Two people are in Westmoreland County Prison on charges that they helped to pass fake prescriptions for more than 4,700 pain medication pills at pharmacies in North Huntingdon, Hempfield and Donora.

Rostraver police charged Andrew Grogan, 55, of 478 Motheral Ave., Monessen, and Carmen Davis, 44, of 409 Fifth St., Charleroi, with possession of a controlled substance, manufacture of a controlled substance, conspiracy, forgery and being part of a corrupt organization.

Both Grogan and Davis were paid to fill prescriptions for pain medication, including oxycodone and oxymorphone, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

Between Oct. 20, 2011, and April 24, Grogan filled 12 prescriptions for 1,800 pills with the forged signature of physicians Thomas Brockmeyer and Christopher Emond at The Orthopedic Group, 800 Plaza Drive in Rostraver, police said.

Davis allegedly used prescription blanks from the same doctors to fill 19 prescriptions for 2,940 pills between Sept. 30, 2011, and April 18.

Grogan was paid $500 per month to visit the pharmacies after 5 p.m. when doctors' offices were closed, to fill the prescriptions, according to court documents.

Grogan visited Union Pharmacy in Donora, Walgreens and Norwin Pharmacy in North Huntingdon, and the pharmacy inside the North Huntingdon Target store, police said.

On his last visit to Norwin Pharmacy early in the day, the pharmacist questioned the date on the prescription. When the pharmacist said she would contact the doctor's office, Grogan walked out of the store, according to the affidavit.

Davis would be paid between $175 and $250 per month for the pills, police said. She would meet a woman, who has not been charged, in parking lots of Rostraver businesses to hand off the pills, according to the affidavit.

Davis visited the same pharmacies as Grogan as well as the Hempfield Target store, police said.

The same woman would meet Grogan and go with him to get the prescriptions filled, according to the affidavit.

The investigation is ongoing, police said. Davis and Grogan are being held in jail after failing to post $25,000 bond set by West Newton District Judge Charles Christner, who has scheduled their preliminary hearing for Nov. 19.

Stacey Federoff is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6660 or sfederoff@tribweb.com.

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