PITTSFIELD — A Hampshire County woman faces dozens of charges for allegedly filling fraudulent painkiller prescriptions in Pittsfield over a seven-month period.
Stephanie L. Salvini, 26, of Worthington, who was both a medical assistant and former patient at Valley Medical Group in Northampton, filled 19 fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions between May and December 2015, according to Northampton Police.
While most of the prescriptions were paid for in cash, five were billed to insurance, leading to additional charges.
Police were notified in December that a Valley Medical Group employee may have forged and passed multiple prescriptions.
The doctor's office had been contacted by a Pittsfield pharmacy checking the validity of an oxycodone prescription for Salvini.
Salvini had been a patient at Valley Medical, but her last oxycodone prescription was written on May 8, 2015, for 21 5mg tablets.
The doctor's office uses electronic prescriptions, but uses paper prescription pads as backups.
According to court files, some of those pads apparently went missing from the office sometime before Thanksgiving, and the only people who had access to the locked cabinet where they were stored were some members of the medical staff, including Salvini.
Investigators obtained a search warrant and conducted a review of Salvini's medical records, which showed none of the prescriptions at issue corresponded with any doctor visits.
Authorities interviewed Valley Medical Group's legal counsel, who informed them if someone is not a patient at the time the prescription was issued, the prescription itself is invalid.
Salvini allegedly was not a patient at the time any of the contested prescriptions were filled.
She pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Thursday to 43 counts; 19 each of fraudulently obtaining possession of a controlled substance and uttering a false prescription and five counts of making false health care claims.
She was released on her own recognizance by Judge Michael Ripps and is due back in court on April 6 for a pretrial hearing.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.