County man charged with altering prescription
Published 10:43 am Tuesday, January 5, 2016
A Stoney Creek man faces a drug charge after police say he altered a prescription and then attempted to have it filled at a city pharmacy.
Officers of the Elizabethton Police Department arrested Travis Pasquale, 28, of 220 Liberty Hollow Road, Elizabethton, on Thursday and charged him with prescription drug fraud.
On Thursday morning, officers of the Police Department were called to Burgie Drug Store at 1000 W. G Street after a store employee called 911 to report an attempted fraud. When officers arrived, the employee told them Pasquale had altered the dosage on a prescription for Klonopin, a Schedule IV controlled substance, from 1 mg to 2 mg.
“I located Pasquale in the store and asked him about the prescription being changed and he stated he did not change it,” EPD Officer Scott Whitmire said.
Whitmire than called the doctor’s office that had issued the prescription and asked them to fax a copy of the original prescription to the pharmacy.
“When the fax arrived at Burgie Drug Store it was clear that the prescription was for 1 mg Klonopin on the original prescription,” Whitmire said. “The prescription that was brought to Burgie Drug Store had been altered to look like a 2 mg Klonopin.”
Whitmire arrested Pasquale on a charge of prescription drug fraud and transported him to the Carter County Detention, where he was later released after posting a $1,000 bond.