Springfield man facing charges for allegedly trying to fill forged prescriptions


PITTSFIELD — A Springfield man is facing charges for allegedly trying to fill forged prescriptions at a city pharmacy.

Hector L. Rodriguez, 39, on Monday submitted a pair of prescriptions — one for oxycodone, the other for lorazepam — to the pharmacy at the Big Y supermarket on West Street, according to court files.

The prescriptions were determined to the fraudulent by the pharmacy manager, police said.

The paperwork was from the Berkshire Medical Canter's Pain Center, which informed police that Rodriguez is not a patient there.

Police also have been informed that other area pharmacies, including CVS and Rite Aid, have reported receiving fake prescriptions from the Pain Center as well.

None of the names on the phony prescriptions were actual patients of the center, according to court records.

Rodriguez pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to one count of uttering a false prescription.

Judge Thomas Estes released him on his own recognizance and ordered him to return to court March 9 for a pretrial hearing.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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