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Ex-cop from Irwin gets jail for drug sales while posing as officer

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 11:18 p.m.
 

A former police officer pleaded guilty on Thursday to selling drugs while posing as a law enforcement official.

Mark Fisher, 34, of Irwin was sentenced to serve one to two years in jail and five years on probation for operating a scheme in which he forged prescriptions to acquire painkillers, then sold the drugs for cash.

Deputy Attorney General Mark Serge said Fisher, who previously worked for several police departments in Allegheny County, agreed to cooperate with an ongoing investigation into the drug operation.

Fisher, according to investigators, sold drugs in Allegheny and Westmoreland counties from 2007 to 2011. He was no longer a police officer at the time of the drug sales, officials said.

On Thursday, Fisher told Westmoreland County Judge Debra Pezze he injured his back while working as a police officer in Turtle Creek and then became addicted to prescribed painkillers.

“I take responsibility for what I did. I lost my integrity, and through that, my life spiraled,” Fisher said.

Pezze also accepted terms of a plea bargain in a related case in which Fisher was charged with forging prescriptions and impersonating a police officer in 2011.

Pezze sentenced Fisher to serve two years on probation for those offenses.

He was also ordered to relinquish any police uniforms or equipment he might still have in his possession.

“It's a tragic fall from grace,” Pezze said.

Rich Cholodofsky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-830-6293 or rcholodofsky@tribweb.com.

 

 
 


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