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a friend was caught at work for allegedly taking a ...

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a friend was caught at work for allegedly taking a prescription blank and filling out to obtain a controlled subtance in NJ, US. apparently this has happened before. they were for him only ( not selling ). what penalties can he face, what usually happens as this person was never ever in trouble before?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  4ren6 replied 8 years ago.

They can be charged with uttering a forged instrument.
Same as a check. If the prescription was filled they can be charged with fraud and forgery. This is a felony offense. reply if needed.

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
i realize a felony, they have done this before, for awhile without being caught, but were caught this 1 particular time. what are the penalties though for this. to be clear - the pharmacy called his office and said they had a fraud script. they put my friend on the phone with his office and they talked and he admitted it. they told him to go to treatment and he agreed. he was told he would be able to get his job back after treatment ( registered nurse ). yesterday the office called and started asking quetions and after a few minutes told him the police were on the line with them on a conference call. thats when they thretened him etc.
Expert:  4ren6 replied 8 years ago.
It is a felony charge. If a nurse did this he/she can loose their license. Sentence can be from a fine of 500 to 10,000 dollars and from 6 months to 10 years in prison. Actual penalty depends on the actual charge and felony degree.
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