Update: A preliminary hearing scheduled for today has been continued to Dec. 18 in Coraopolis District Court.
An Oklahoma man obtained more than 800 prescribed painkiller pills after a scheme to forge prescriptions from Pittsburgh-area physicians, Moon Township Police said.
Rolfe Jensen, 40, of Broken Arrow, OK, faces a preliminary hearing today in Coraopolis District Court on charges he was paid to pass fake prescriptions at area pharmacies, including one in Moon Township, to obtain the drug Lortab.
Police said Jensen flew from Oklahoma to the Moon area for the operation.
On Sept. 8, pharmacists at Super Kmart in Moon Township claimed a man named Terrance Walker attempted to pass a fraudulent prescription for the painkilling drug, said Officer Jonathan Fry in a complaint.
The prescription appeared to be written by pain management physician Dr. Tracy Wimbush, of Pittsburgh. Wimbush told police she did not write the script, according to the complaint.
When police arrived, a man identified as Jensen first told them he bought the script for $75 from a man named Terrance Walker, who he met in a bar.
He later admitted that the script was a fake, police said.
Jensen gave Fry verbal consent to search his rental vehicle, telling the officer "there's probably more scripts in the front door," according to the complaint.
Fry said he found a total of 30 forged prescriptions in the vehicle, some folded between a yellow piece of paper that appeared to be a hand-written list of area pharmacies Jensen had previously visited.
Police also obtained a laptop, GPS device and $900 cash from the vehicle.
When police examined the forged prescriptions, they found each had a different patient name, address, birth date and featured the signature of one of four Pittsburgh doctors. No two scripts were identical, wrote Detective Charles Carr in a complaint.
"The handwriting style appeared to be the same person signing all the scripts," according to the complaint.
When questioned, Jensen told police that he had been staying at the Microtel in North Fayette since Sept. 6. He consented to a search of his hotel room, where police found 810 illegally obtained Lortab pills and more cash, according to the complaint.
The pills were seized as evidence and sent to the county crime lab, police said.
Jensen told police that he has been working with an Oklahoma man, who produces fake scripts, according to the complaint. He said he is paid to fill out the forged prescriptions and use them to obtain pills at Oklahoma pharmacies.
Oklahoma police arrested and charged Jensen in 2011 with passing fraudulent scripts, police said.
Jensen told police he was instructed to fly to the Pittsburgh area and obtain painkillers, then ship them back to Oklahoma. Jensen said he would then fly back to Oklahoma and be paid for his services.
He told police he would be paid $50 for each successfully filled prescription.
Jensen told police he had conducted similar schemes—passing fake prescriptions to obtain painkillers—in Boise, Idaho and Dallas, Texas.
Jensen successfully passed the fake prescriptions at a Pittsburgh Walgreens and Giant Eagle and a Mt. Lebanon CVS pharmacy, among other locations, according to the complaint.
Jensen is charged with criminal conspiracy, multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, and multiple counts of forgery, according to court records.
Police Chief Leo McCarthy said Jensen is "very much still under investigation."