Pharmacist Arrested in Phony Prescription Probe

Thursday, Jun 2, 2011  |  Updated 1:50 PM EDT
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Pharmacist Arrested in Phony Prescription Probe

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A New York pharmacist is facing numerous charges after prosecutors say he filled dozens of prescriptions for addictive painkillers, knowing the prescriptions were forged on stolen prescription pads.

Lutful Chowdhury was arrested Thursday morning. He is facing arraignment on 14 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. The name of his attorney was not immediately known.

Nassau County prosecutors say they began investigating Chowdhury following a fatal car accident in Hempstead in April 2010. The driver was accused of being under the influence of drugs.

Prosecutors say investigators later found she obtained painkillers from Chowdhury's Baldwin pharmacy. Her case is expected to go to trial in the fall.

Prosecutors say Chowdhury filled prescriptions for painkillers he knew were forged for at least five customers besides the driver.

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