Burlington police officer indicted on prescription drug, forgery charges

A Burlington police officer was indicted today on charges that he falsified prescriptions and illegally obtained prescription drugs, authorities said.

Mark Driscoll, 38, of Wakefield, was charged with forgery, larceny over $250, attempting to commit larceny, uttering false prescriptions, fraudulently obtaining controlled substances, obtaining a signature under false pretenses, and insurance fraud, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office said in a statement.

Driscoll is slated to be arraigned Oct. 9 in Middlesex Superior Court, the statement said.

Driscoll has been a member of the Burlington Police Department since 2004; he was placed on administrative leave July 12, the statement said.

On July 10, Driscoll allegedly went to a Burlington CVS Pharmacy to obtain Percocet pills. The pharmacist noticed that the prescription he provided did not match new security features and told Driscoll it could not be filled. The following day, the pharmacist called the doctor, who confirmed it was not a valid prescription, the statement said.


Burlington police launched an investigation and found that Driscoll had used five false prescriptions to obtain more than 260 Percocet pills from that pharmacy between May and July, the statement said.

Driscoll also passed false prescriptions for hundreds of pills of various pain medications between May and July at an Osco Pharmacy in a Burlington supermarket, the statement said.

In all but one of the instances, Driscoll was wearing a police uniform, the statement said.

Burlington police also alleged that Driscoll had submitted paperwork with forged signatures to an insurance company, seeking payment from a disability policy. He allegedly submitted eight claims to the provider from 2006 to this year, and received tens of thousands of dollars in payments, the statement said.

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