HONESDALE - A Wayne County jury has convicted a man who forged a prescription note to obtain drugs, said District Attorney Janine Edwards.
Jon Courtland Clark, 54, of Newfoundland, was found guilty after jurors deliberated for just under two hours Thursday.
The defendant faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced on Aug. 28.
Prosecutors said Clark forged a prescription for Oxycodone, a controlled substance, and presented it to a local pharmacy.
Edwards said the abuse of prescription drugs is a "major problem" in Pennsylvania and Wayne County.
The district attorney added, "I am very pleased with the jury's verdict."
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Deborah Rothenberg and presided over by President Judge Raymond Hamill.
According to an arrest affidavit filed April 22, 2013:
Trooper Robert Hadley of the state police barracks in Honesdale responded to Rite Aid pharmacy in Texas Township on a call of a customer trying to pass a fraudulent prescription note.
Clark was detained until the trooper arrived.
A pharmacy employee told the trooper that Clark had given her prescription notes that were of "very poor quality."
She told police she called the customer's doctor at Highland Physicians and was told no prescription had been written for Clark.
"She also noted that the prescription looked as if it had been washed out and was rewritten," according to the affidavit.
The pharmacy employee also told police that the number at the top of the prescription note did not match that of the doctor's office.
Clark told police he had a problem with prescription medication, according to the affidavit.
Police said, "He stated that he washed out the writing on a previous script and wrote the new information."
Waymart inmate dealt heroin from prison
An inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Waymart has admitted to dealing heroin while incarcerated, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Eudy Gonzalez, 24, pleaded guilty before Judge Malachy E. Mannion for participating in a conspiracy to distribute heroin between November 2013 and January 2014.
The plea was entered at the federal courthouse in Scranton.
The defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million. Mannion ordered a pre- sentence investigation to be completed prior to sentencing.
According to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith, Gonzalez admitted that he conspired with others to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin during the three-month period, while he was in prison.
Authorities said Gonzalez worked with Linda Reyes, 23, and Luis Morales, 31, using phone and text messages to purchase more than 100 grams from Philadelphia and transport the drug to Allentown with the intention to sell it in Hazleton.
Gonzalez was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 11 as a result of an investigation by special agents and task force officers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Scranton police.
Reyes previously pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing. The status of Morales' case was unclear.
The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.
Gonzalez is incarcerated at Waymart on homicide by vehicle and related charges stemming from an incident in Philadelphia, according to court records.