Mystery: Who is forging doctors’ signatures on drug prescriptions in Fayetteville?

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Fayetteville police are investigating forged prescriptions written on doctors’ prescription pads from the Piedmont Healthcare’s Heart Institute in Fayetteville.

Fayetteville Police Department spokesperson Ann Marie Burdett said Fayetteville police on June 29 were contacted by an investigator with Piedmont Healthcare based out of Piedmont Athens Hospital, who investigates fraudulent pharmaceuticals and prescriptions.

The investigator was probing prescriptions containing forged signatures of doctors associated with Piedmont Healthcare’s Heart Institute, said Burdett.

“The investigator identified instances where prescriptions were written on prescription pads with doctors’ names and DEA numbers during the investigation,” Burdett said. “The investigator determined the signatures of the names of the doctors were forged, and were written to several patients of Piedmont Healthcare fraudulently.”

All three of the prescriptions appeared to be written in the same handwriting, Burdett noted.

The active case was turned over to the Fayetteville Criminal Investigative Division for further investigation, Burdett added.