Pamela Jean Cessna, 53, Hot House Lane, Washington, was arraigned Tuesday before Somerset District Judge Ken Johnson on charges of criminal attempt and possession of an unregistered controlled substance.
Somerset Borough police said Cessna attempted to fill a fraudulent prescription Monday at Findley's Pharmacy along West Main Street.
According to a probable-cause affidavit, police were called to the scene Monday by the pharmacist, who said she had received information that individuals were attempting to pass fake, forged and fraudulent prescriptions from UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center. Cessna, who was standing by the counter, had just passed her one of those prescriptions, she said.
A pharmacy technician told police that Cessna had passed other fraudulent prescriptions on three prior occasions. A representative from the office of UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center confirmed that the prescriptions were fraudulent and that Cessna was not a registered patient of the center.
Cessna told police she buys the prescriptions from a person in the Pittsburgh area, police said. A bottle with a different name was found in her purse. The bottle contained 27 oxycodone pills.
Cessna is free on an unsecured $15,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled at 11 a.m. Tuesday.