WOBURN, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – A Burlington police officer has been indicted on charges of falsifying prescriptions and making false disability claims, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan announced Wednesday.
Mark Driscoll, 38, of Wakefield, was indicted by a Middlesex Grand Jury on charges of forgery, larceny over $250, attempting to commit larceny, uttering false prescriptions, fraudulently obtaining controlled substances, obtaining a signature under false pretenses, and insurance fraud. He will be arraigned 9 a.m. on Oct. 9 in Middlesex Superior Court in Woburn.
>>Statement from the Burlington Police Department
Authorities say Driscoll, who was in his police uniform, went to a CVS Pharmacy in Burlington on July 10, seeking to obtain Percocet pills. Driscoll allegedly attempted to fill a prescription in his wife's name. The pharmacist noted the prescription did not meet new security features and told the officer it could not be filled until it could be verified by the doctor the next morning. The pharmacist contacted the orthopedic practice on July 11 to verify the prescription and a doctor from the practice confirmed it was not valid.
Burlington police were notified and an investigation was launched. Officials allege Driscoll had presented five fraudulent prescriptions to CVS pharmacy between May and July of 2013, and that he received more than 260 Percocet tablets through these false prescriptions.
Officials said they also learned Driscoll passed false prescriptions for pain medication at an Osco Pharmacy in a Burlington supermarket. There, he allegedly filled four prescriptions, including several refills, between May and July, receiving hundreds of pills of various pain medications. In all but one instance, Driscoll is accused of dropping off and picked up medications while in his police uniform.
Driscoll, a Burlington police officer since July 2004, was placed on administrative leave by the department on July 12.
Burlington police were notified on July 25 that Driscoll had submitted paperwork to an insurance company for payment through a disability policy. Officials said a review of the documents revealed Driscoll submitted a letter with a forged signature from a member of the department's administrative staff. A further investigation revealed he had submitted eight prior claims to the disability insurance provider since 2006.
According to officials, Driscoll allegedly received disability payments, collecting tens of thousands in fraudulent benefits – all while he was working as a police officer.