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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Body found in Dreher Township identified

  • Bates sentenced to up to five years in state prison
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  • The body of a man found in Dreher Township Tuesday night has been identified as that of 63-year-old Joseph Mulligan of Newfoundland.
    Wayne County Coroner Edward Howell determined the cause of death to be natural causes, according to the report.

    The body was discovered around 8:30 p.m. according to police near Route 191 in South Sterling. The body was located behind the Up A Creek Inn.
    After the body was discovered, the Ledgedale dive team recovered the body.

    Prescription fraud

    Christopher Bates, 39, of Honesdale, was sentenced July 3 for forging a prescription to obtain more than he was prescribed. He pled guilty in January to one felony charge of "fraudulently acquiring prescription drugs," according to published reports.
    Bates was charged by the state attorney general's office with prescription fraud on Nov. 28, 2012 after a pharmacist noticed that Bates' prescription appeared to be forged.
    The prescription for Percocet was forged to make it appear that an additional 10 pills were needed, according to the criminal complaint.
    The pharmacist from a CVS on Moosic Street in Scranton, confirmed the amount with the prescribing doctor, who in turn contacted the authorities.
    Reports show that during the investigation, Bates had seven doctors write a total of 15 prescriptions for Percocet. He used the altered prescriptions at five pharmacies in both Wayne and Lackawanna Counties over a four month period, according to published reports.
    Lackawanna County Judge Michael J. Barrasse sentenced Bates to 18 months to five years in a state prison for the offense.
    Body found
    An unidentified body of a man was found in a creek Tuesday night by two young boys.
    The body was discovered around 8:30 p.m. according to police near Route 191 in South Sterling. The body was located behind the Up A Creek Inn.
    After the body was discovered, the Ledgedale dive team recovered the body. State Police in Honesdale said as of press time on Wednesday, the death is considered accidental.

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