Centereach man accused of posing as doctor to get pain pills

WOODBURY - A Centereach man is accused of a posing as doctors, dentists and other medical professionals to get his hands on powerful painkillers. Prosecutors say Matthew DelPesce, 25, would call numerous pharmacies pretending to be a doctor, and would submit emergency prescriptions that he would pick up later in the day. Investigators say DelPesce used the scheme to pick up thousands of prescription pain pills. DelPesce allegedly would fake illnesses and get prescriptions written by doctors or emergency room physicians. He would then use the physician's unique identification number to call in orders to various pharmacies, sometimes up to a dozen times a day, prosecutors say. Suffolk officials say DelPesce kept up the scheme for at least two months and was able to call in nearly 100 prescriptions for thousands of pills. He allegedly sold some of the pills.DelPesce was arraigned today on 90 separate counts, including criminal impersonation and falsifying business records. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison. He's being held on $100,000 cash bail and is due back in court on Nov. 9.

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