Hartford man accused of passing fraudulent prescriptions in Southington

Published on Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:50


SOUTHINGTON - A Hartford man has been accused of passing two forged prescriptions at a Southington pharmacy.

Rafael Hernandez, 54, is facing two counts each of second-degree forgery and obtaining drugs illegally.

According to police, Hernandez filled two prescriptions on March 29 at Walgreens, 359 Main St. One was for Oxycodone - a pain reliever - and the other for Ativan - which can be used to treat anxiety disorders.

It wasn’t discovered that the prescriptions were fraudulent until Hernandez’s name showed up in an in-house records system that Walgreens uses, which revealed that he was arrested at a pharmacy in Wethersfield for allegedly doing the same thing.

Police began investigating on May 19, when the incident was reported.

During the investigation, the physician whose name appeared on the prescriptions confirmed that they were both fraudulent and that Hernandez had not been prescribed any narcotics.

Police on Thursday said Hernandez was taken into custody last week and released on a $5,000 non-surety bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Bristol Superior Court on Monday.

According to online court records, Hernandez is facing an additional count of second-degree forgery and one count of attempting to illegally obtain drugs, stemming from his arrest in Wethersfield on May 12. He has not entered a plea in that matter.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at jmuszynski@centralctcommunications.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, General News, Southington Herald on Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:50. Updated: Thursday, 21 September 2017 13:53.