LI pharmacist arrested in phony prescription probe

A Long Island pharmacist is facing numerous charges after prosecutors say he filled dozens of prescriptions for addictive painkillers, knowing the prescriptions were forged on

MINEOLA - A Long Island pharmacist is facing numerous charges after prosecutors say he filled dozens of prescriptions for addictive painkillers, knowing the prescriptions were forged on stolen prescription pads.

Lutful Chowdhury was arrested Thursday morning. He is facing arraignment on 14 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. The name of his attorney was not immediately known.

Nassau County prosecutors say they began investigating Chowdury following a fatal car accident in Hempstead in April 2010. The driver, Kayla Gerdes, was accused of being under the influence of drugs.

Prosecutors say investigators later found she obtained painkillers from Chowdury's Baldwin pharmacy. Her case is expected to go to trial in the fall.

The D.A. says Chowdhury filled at least 87 forged prescriptions for painkillers for five other customers besides Gerdes.

Chowdury is expected to be arraigned tomorrow. If convicted, he could face up to seven years in prison.

AP wire services contributed to this report.

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