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Two who allegedly wrote fake prescriptions waive hearings

Published August 29. 2012 05:02PM

Two Philadelphia men who allegedly wrote fake prescriptions to a Lehighton pharmacy have waived their charges to Carbon County Court.

Richard Knajib Johns and Damien Lamont Black both had preliminary hearings scheduled before District Judge Edward Lewis of Jim Thorpe, but opted to have their cases forwarded to court instead.

Johns was charged with two counts of forgery and one count of conspiracy. He is free on $2,000 unsecured bail.

Black faces charges of criminal attempt, conspiracy, and forgery. He is lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 straight bail.

The charges were filed by Sgt. Joseph Lawrence of the Lehighton Police Department as a result of incidents which occurred on July 20.

According to the affidavit, an individual entered the pharmacy and wanted a prescription filled for Oxycondone. The pharmacist noticed that the telephone number on the prescription did not match the doctor who was listed on it.

When approached, Johns gave a voluntary statement admitting he wrote two forged scripts for Oxycondone.

Johns gave a prescription to his co-defendant to present to Rite Aid in order to obtain the medication.

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