Couple charged with obtaining 3,720 Oxycodone tablets illegally
A Nesquehoning couple, who police said conspired to obtain thousands of Oxycodone tablets illegally over a two-year period, was taken into custody Thursday and committed to the Carbon County Correctional Facility, Nesquehoning, in lieu of $2,000 unsecured bail each.
Nesquehoning Police Chief Sean Smith arrested Chad C. Hunadi, 36, and Stephanie A. Hunadi, 30, of 407 W. Catawissa St., with 24 criminal charges in connection with getting illegal prescriptions filled during the period of Sept. 24, 2010, through April 9 of this year.
They were arraigned on the felony charges before Magisterial District Judge Casimir T. Kosciolek of Lansford on criminal conspiracy to commit forgery and identity theft, forgery and identity theft.
In an affidavit of probably cause, Smith said the crimes were committed at the CVS Pharmacy, 20 E. Locust St. in the borough. He said he was called there on April 10 by pharmacist Jennifer Mason, who related information about Chad Hunadi having brought a prescription for Oxycodone there on the previous evening at 8 o'clock.
Mason told police she filled the prescription supposedly from the office of Dr. Robert Taxin, 38 Mahoning Drive East, Lehighton, and gave Hunadi 180 tablets of the drug, for which he paid $278.99.
Mason told police she felt uneasy about the transaction and on the following day had faxed the prescription to the doctor's office, later being informed the signature was not Dr. Taxin's.
Smith said upon investigating the call from the pharmacist, he learned Chad and Stephanie Hunadi had multiple prescriptions filled in both their names during the above period of time.
The police chief said a total of 24 prescriptions were filled totaling 3,720 Oxycodone tablets for which they paid $5,573.96.
Smith said Dr. Taxin revealed to him that Chad Hunadi had not been a patient of his since 2010, and that Stephanie Hunadi had never been a patient at that office.
Smith said he interviewed the couple on April 15, at which time Chad Hunadi confessed that he had forged Dr. Taxin's name on the photocopied prescription forms 24 times during the last two years. He told police he had written the prescriptions in his name and his wife's and that his wife was aware of the conspiracy.