FRANKLIN BOROUGH, NJ – On March 1, 2016, Franklin Police responded to a reported suspicious activity at the Walgreens on State Highway 23 in Franklin Borough. The Walgreens pharmacy contacted the Franklin Police Department after certain protocols were not followed by an alleged “doctor” who had contacted them via telephone to request a prescription for a patient.
An investigation by the Franklin Borough Police Detective Bureau revealed a Hardyston man made phone calls posing as a doctor in an attempt to obtain prescription drugs.
Aaron J. Hines, 22, of Hardyston, contacted the Walgreens pharmacy, posing as a physician and requesting that prescription drugs be prescribed to a family member.
The Franklin Police Detective Bureau’s investigation revealed that Mr. Hines had also contacted the Walmart pharmacy, and Weiss Supermarket pharmacy posing as a physician and requesting that prescription drugs be prescribed to one of his family member’s.
Mr. Hines was arrested in the Walgreens in Franklin by detectives after he actually responded there to retrieve the prescription he had ordered on Wednesday at about 1:30 PM.
Hines was charged in Franklin with three counts of unlicensed practice of medicine and one count of criminal attempt for attempting to obtain a controlled dangerous substance by fraud in the Walgreens.
Bail was set at $20,000 with no 10 percent option. He was lodged in the Keogh Dwyer Correctional facility in lieu of bail. The investigation is ongoing. Any local pharmacies are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement agency if they notice any suspicious activity regarding prescriptions.
The complaints that were filed are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty. The charges may be presented to a grand jury for potential indictment.