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Physician charged with prescription fraud

February 27, 2003

A Hagerstown physician was served Monday with a criminal summons charging him with 60 counts of prescription fraud, forgery and concealment, culminating of a five-month investigation by the Washington County Narcotics Task Force.

Dr. Bradley Scott Williams, 28, of 112 Bentley Court, wasn't taken into custody Monday when the summons was served, said Cpl. Pete Lazich, director of the task force.

Contacted by telephone at his home Wednesday night, Williams had no comment concerning the charges against him.

Task force agents alleged that Williams had been forging prescriptions for Percocet and Ibuprofen 800 mg using fictitious names at a number of area pharmacies.

Those included Martin's Pharmacy at Fountainhead Plaza, and the majority of CVS pharmacies in Hagerstown, Lazich said.

Agents alleged that Williams obtained 137 prescriptions totaling 4,035 pills during the five months.

Charges include 30 counts of controlled dangerous substance prescription/obtain by fraud; and 15 counts each of controlled dangerous substance prescription/obtain by forgery, and controlled dangerous substance prescription/obtain by concealment of facts, Lazich said.

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The penalties for conviction on a charge of fraud and concealment counts are two years and/or a $1,000 fine each; and forgery, four years and/or a $25,000 fine. All are misdemeanor offenses, Lazich said.

Williams has a medical practice in Hagerstown although no professional listing could be found for him in the telephone directory.

Maureen Theriault, spokesman for Washington County Hospital, said she checked with Dr. Robert Brooks, vice president for medical affairs at the hospital, and was told Williams was not on the hospital medical staff.

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