Mt. Pleasant man held in fake Rx case
The son of a cleaning woman severely beaten in a Hempfield car dealership by a security guard in 1996 has been charged with conspiring with his mother to make and pass a bogus prescription.
David Bailey, 33, allegedly admitted that he and his mother, Naomi Bailey, 50, both of 283 E. Main St., Mt. Pleasant, printed “out the illegal prescription forms on his computer at his home ... and that he and his mother (would) sell the pills,” according to a criminal complaint filed by Greensburg police.
Authorities confiscated a checkbook from Naomi Bailey that shows “many large cash deposits several times a month,” according to a police affidavit. “Noted on the balance book with some of the deposits was the name ‘David.'”
Authorities further seized $26,067 from Naomi Bailey's PNC bank account this week, after confiscating more than $4,000 from the pair last week, according to police affidavits.
“The funds are believed to be from the proceeds made during the purchase and selling of illegally obtained prescriptions dating back several months,” police wrote.
Though authorities believe the pair passed more than one bogus prescription, they have only charged them directly with passing a fake prescription for Roxicodone, a pain medicine, on Feb. 14 in the Rite Aid on East Pittsburgh Street, police Capt. George Seranko said.
Rite Aid personnel became suspicious and contacted police, who arrived while Naomi Bailey was in the business.
Police confronted her, but she ignored them and tried to quickly walk out of the building, according to court papers. She then said she was picking up the prescription for a friend and was talking to her son on a cellphone while in the store, authorities said.
In addition to the money and checkbook, police have seized the mother and son's cellphones as part of a continuing investigation.
No attorneys have yet been appointed for the pair, according to court records.
On Jan. 16, 1996, Ronald E. Sager repeatedly struck Naomi Bailey over the head with the butt end of a sawed-off shotgun at Star Chevrolet on Route 30. Sager, who said he was under orders from aliens to attack Bailey, is serving a 10-to-24-year sentence at the state prison in Cresson.
Naomi Bailey received what her attorney described as a “substantial settlement” in 2001 when she sued Sager, Ranger Investigations and Security — the company Sager worked for — and the car dealership. The terms of the settlement weren't divulged because of a confidentiality clause.
Neither Star nor Ranger admitted liability.
David Bailey was arraigned on Thursday before Greensburg District Judge James Albert on charges of acquisition by misrepresentation, conspiracy, criminal use of a communication facility — the computer — and dealing in proceeds from illegal activity.
He and his mother, each free on $15,000 unsecured bond, face a preliminary hearing April 4 before Albert.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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