FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A Chester woman was arrested on prescription drug fraud charges Thursday by Fairfield police.
The woman is suspected of using a Fairfield doctor’s identity to forge prescriptions for medications in at least six towns in Connecticut, according to police reports.
A pharmacist at Stop & Shop on Kings Highway East reported a suspicious prescription to Fairfield police in April. The pharmacist told police that a woman claiming to be from a local doctor’s office called in an order for painkillers on two occasions, according to the police report. The doctor's office had no employee by the name given, but the caller had all the proper identification numbers, police say.
Cheryl Patton-Lynch, 46, of Chester, was arrested by Old Saybrook police in July as a suspect in a similar case, according to state judicial records. During that arrest, she admitted to using a relative’s prescription bottle to get the Fairfield doctor’s information and call in phony prescriptions, police said.
Patton-Lynch is also facing similar charges in Middletown, Milford, Clinton and Wallingford, according to court records.
Fairfield police charged her with criminal impersonation and illegally obtaining prescription drugs, both misdemeanors, and identity theft, a felony. She was released on a promise to appear in court and assigned a hearing date of Nov. 29.