Nov 18 2013

Burlington Police officer arraigned on charges of illegally obtaining prescription drugs and making fake disability claims

Dr. Q

This post is a press release from the Middlesex County DA’s office.

WOBURN – A Burlington Police Officer was arraigned on charges of falsifying prescriptions and making false disability claims, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced today.

Mark Driscoll, 38, of Wakefield, was arraigned Friday in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn on charges of forgery, larceny over $250, attempting to commit larceny, uttering false prescriptions, fraudulently obtaining controlled substances, obtaining a signature under false pretenses, and insurance fraud. Middlesex Superior Court Clerk MagistrateMatthew Day released the defendant on personal recognizance with the following conditions: he not leave the Commonwealth without approval of the Court, consume no alcohol, possess no drugs without a prescription, and participate in substance abuse treatment and mental health treatment.

The defendant’s next court date is December 12 for a pre-trial hearing.

“These are troubling allegations where an officer – while in uniform – knowingly passed false prescriptions and also made false disability claims to illegally obtain insurance money,” District Attorney Ryan said. “This officer violated the trust of the community of Burlington. I commend the collaborative work among agencies which resulted in the bringing of charges against this defendant for these fraudulent activities.”

According to authorities, Driscoll, a Burlington Police Officer since July 2004, went to a CVS Pharmacy in Burlington on July 10, 2013 seeking to obtain Percocet pills. The defendant, in his police uniform, attempted to fill a prescription in his wife’s name purportedly written by a physician’s assistant in Cambridge. The on-duty pharmacist noted that the prescription did not meet new security features that went into effect on July 1, 2013, and told the officer it could not be filled until it could be verified by the doctor the next morning. The pharmacist contacted the orthopedic practice on July 11, 2013 to verify the prescription and a doctor from the practice confirmed it was not valid.

Burlington Police were notified and an investigation was launched. Based on the investigation, officials allege that Driscoll had presented five fraudulent prescriptions to CVS pharmacy between May and July of 2013. It is alleged that Driscoll received more than 260 Percocet tablets through these false prescriptions.

Further, with the assistance of the Massachusetts Prescription Monitoring Program, officials learned that Driscoll also passed false prescriptions for pain medication at an Osco Pharmacy located in a Burlington supermarket. There, he allegedly filled four prescriptions, including several refills, between May and July, receiving hundreds of various pain medications. In all but one instance, Driscoll dropped off and picked up medications while in his police uniform.

On July 12, 2013, Driscoll was placed on administrative leave by the Burlington Police Department.

On July 25, 2013, Burlington Police were notified that the defendant had submitted paperwork to an insurance company for payment through a disability policy. A review of the documents revealed that the defendant submitted a letter with a forged signature from a member of the department’s administrative staff. A further investigation revealed that the defendant had submitted eight prior claims to the disability insurance provider since 2006. While he was working as a police officer, the defendant allegedly received disability payments, collecting tens of thousands of dollars in fraudulent benefits.

As a result of the investigation, the defendant was indicted September 24 by a Middlesex Grand Jury.

These charges are allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case was investigated by the Burlington Police, the Unum Group, and the Insurance Fraud Bureau of Massachusetts. The prosecutors assigned to the case are Assistant District Attorneys Elisha Willis and Kristen Noto.

Sep 25 2013

Burlington police officer indicted on prescription drug and forgery charges

Dr. Q reports:

Mark Driscoll, 38, of Wakefield, was charged with forgery, larceny over $250, attempting to commit larceny, uttering false prescriptions, fraudulently obtaining controlled substances, obtaining a signature under false pretenses, and insurance fraud, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office said in a statement.

Driscoll is slated to be arraigned Oct. 9 in Middlesex Superior Court, the statement said.

Driscoll has been a member of the Burlington Police Department since 2004; he was placed on administrative leave July 12, the statement said.

On July 10, Driscoll allegedly went to a Burlington CVS Pharmacy to obtain Percocet pills. The pharmacist noticed that the prescription he provided did not match new security features and told Driscoll it could not be filled. The following day, the pharmacist called the doctor, who confirmed it was not a valid prescription, the statement said.

Burlington police launched an investigation and found that Driscoll had used five false prescriptions to obtain more than 260 Percocet pills from that pharmacy between May and July, the statement said.

Driscoll also passed false prescriptions for hundreds of pills of various pain medications between May and July at an Osco Pharmacy in a Burlington supermarket, the statement said.

In all but one of the instances, Driscoll was wearing a police uniform, the statement said.

Burlington police also alleged that Driscoll had submitted paperwork with forged signatures to an insurance company, seeking payment from a disability policy. He allegedly submitted eight claims to the provider from 2006 to this year, and received tens of thousands of dollars in payments, the statement said.

Aug 17 2013

Watertown cop who stole ID to get prescription drugs pleads guilty

Dr. Q reports:

A retired Watertown police officer faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after he pleaded guilty today in federal court to stealing an ID while on the force and using it to get oxycodone and other prescription drugs, according to United States Attorney Carmen Ortiz’s office.

Joseph Deignan, 58, of Framingham was convicted today at his plea hearing of unlawful possession of a controlled substance by fraud and fraud in connection with identification documents, according to a statement from Ortiz’s office. Judge Douglas P. Woodlock set Deignan’s sentencing for 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15.

Federal authorities said that before Deignan retired from the police force in February 2012, he stole a driver’s license from an individual while working as a traffic supervisor for the Watertown Police Department in 2010 and used it to forge prescriptions for oxycodone and other drugs in the victim’s name.

Deignan forged over 100 prescriptions using various doctors’ information since May 2010, and used the stolen ID to fill the scripts, authorities said.

According to an affidavit obtained from the US Attorney’s office in March, Deignan traveled to at least three different CVS pharmacies to fill the prescriptions, including ones located in Framingham and Marlborough.

According to the affidavit, a Framingham CVS pharmacist alerted the authorities of possible prescription fraud in November. Deignan was arrested in early December at a CVS pharmacy in Marlborough after employees were informed of the situation by police, according to the affidavit.

When he was arrested, Deignan allegedly told Marlborough officers that he was addicted to pain medication, and had been for some time, according to the affidavit.