Easton police say a Wilson man spent much of the past two years filing false prescriptions for amphetamine pills at local pharmacies.
Police say Steven Piperato, 51, of 5 N. 16th St., Apt. B, filled 26 prescriptions for amphetamine salts at the Pharamcy at 901 Northampton St. In addition, court records show that Piperato also had prescriptions filled at pharmacies in Palmer Township.
According to police, Piperato used a prescription from a doctor who hadn't treated him since 2007. He is charged with 26 counts of acquisition of a controlled substance by fraud, a felony. Piperato was arraigned Thursday before District in Easton.
Piperato had the prescriptions – made out to himself or to Phyllis Piperato – filled at two Rite Aids in Easton, a Rite Aid in Palmer Township and a Walgreens in Palmer Township, the records say. The records do not indicate the relationship between Phyllis Piperato and the suspect. Police said Phyllis Piperato was not charged.
Steve Piperato was also arraigned on additional 49 counts of acquisition of a controlled substance by fraud before Judge Jacqueline Taschner in Palmer. According to the Morning Call, Piperato was also arraigned in Lower Nazareth on similar charges. He was sent to Northampton County Prison in lieu of $110,000 bail.
Amphetamine salts are stimulant drugs that excite the central nervous system. They are used in the drug Adderall, which is prescribed for attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy.