AG: 12 charged for buying fake prescriptions

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Pennsylvania prosecutors have announced charges against 12 people who allegedly bought fake prescriptions for highly addictive drugs.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane said those charged bought numerous prescriptions, mostly for oxycodone, from Dr. David Wait, a Harrisburg doctor arrested in December for selling prescriptions to people who were not his patients.

Dr. David Wait
Dr. David Wait

Kane said some of the defendants never even met Wait, who allegedly prescribed 102,000 oxycodone pills in exchange for cash in just six months.

The prescriptions for oxycodone, oxycontin, hydromorphone, morphine and fentanyl were filled at dozens of pharmacies in Dauphin, Cumberland, Lebanon, Perry, York and Allegheny counties.

Kane’s office identified the defendants as:

– Jerry Burrall, 32, of Lemoyne, is charged with one count of obtaining/possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge and one count of delivery of a controlled substance;

– Gina Swartz, 47, of Enola, is charged with two counts of obtaining/possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge;

– Thomas Carricato, 52, of Harrisburg, is charged with three counts of obtaining/possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge;

– Neil Alexander, 30, of Masontown, is charged with one count of obtaining/possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge;

– Nicholas Brown, 33, of Pottsville, is charged with one count of obtaining/possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge;

– Robin Clark, 50, of Canton, is charged with one count of obtaining/possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge;

– Clayton Foster, 26, of Harrisburg, is charged with one count of obtaining/possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge;

– Joseph Mitchell, 32, of Newport, is charged with one count of obtaining/possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge;

– Sean Reiley, 24, of Palmyra, is charged with one count of obtaining/possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge;

– Nicholas Sexton, 20, of Wormleysburg, is charged with one count of obtaining/possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge;

– Ashlee Shull, 22, of Harrisburg, is charged with one count of obtaining/possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge; and

– Carlos Soto, 50, of Trooper, is charged with one count of obtaining/possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception, or subterfuge.

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Editors Note: This article was updated to include a correct photo of Jerry Burrall. An incorrect photo was submitted by the state attorney general’s office.

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