A former Ellis Hospital employee used forged prescriptions to obtain a controlled medication, the state Attorney General’s Office announced Tuesday.
Kristie Clemovich, 45, of Rotterdam, faces seven counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, all felonies.
A state official said Clemovich worked in the Neuroscience Center as a “revenue cycle associate” before being formally terminated by Ellis Hospital in March 2015.
Clemovich is accused of presenting seven forged prescriptions for the controlled drug hydrocodone-acetaminophen to Rotterdam Rite Aid and Wal-Mart pharmacies between October 2014 and January 2015, the Attorney General’s office said.
Each prescription was in the name of Clemovich’s relatives and had the forged signature of an Ellis Hospital Neuroscience Center physician assistant.
Three prescriptions had the name of a child, and the other four had the name of an uninvolved adult relative, the AG’s office said. Clemovich received 90 pills for each forged prescription, officials said. In all, she allegedly received more than 600 pills.
Authorities caught on in February 2015 when the state’s I-STOP-Prescription Monitoring Program flagged the prescriptions.
A nurse practitioner treating the real adult relative consulted the program database maintained by the state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and contacted Ellis, officials said.
The hospital confirmed the forged prescriptions. The physician assistant did not issue them, and the adult relative was not a patient at the center, the officials said.
In a statement, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman praised the monitoring program.
“Compliance with the law by the nurse practitioner, coupled with diligent patient care, identified possible over-prescribing to her patient,” Schneiderman said. “My office will continue working with the state Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement to root out situations like this one, to help quell the prescription drug-abuse epidemic that has ruined lives and ripped families apart across our state.”
Clemovich appeared in Rotterdam Town Court. She is free without having to post bail. Her listed attorney, James Tyner, could not be reached for comment.
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