SCARSDALE, N.Y. – A 19-year-old Scarsdale resident turned himself in to police on Friday after detectives followed up on a suspicious prescription for Diazepam that was brought to a pharmacy in New Rochelle.
According to the police report, on Thursday afternoon, an employee of Dermatology Consultants of Westchester alerted officers that a pharmacist at Stratton Pharmacy had called to confirm the prescription – which had been flagged because it was an unusual drug to come from a dermatology office. The drug is used to treat anxiety.
Upon further investigation, it was discovered that it was a fraudulent prescription filed from an unaccounted for prescription pad at the dermatology office, police said. Detectives were able to establish probable cause through interviews and security footage that Ari Krapin, of Weaver Street, was the person who attempted to fill the prescription.
A pharmacist was able to confirm this identification from past transactions in the store, the report said. The suspect is also known to the investigating detective from past incidents.
A witness offered police an example of Dr. Moshin Malik’s signature, which had notable discrepancies from the signature on the prescription. Malik advised police that it was indeed forged, pointing out true prescriptions from his office do not contain patient addresses, should be written with the last name, then first name and that the fraudulent slip had an incorrect dosage.
At the behest of a lawyer and the detective, Krapin turned himself in at approximately 5 p.m., Friday. He was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, criminal diversion of a prescription and possession of a forged instrument – all misdemeanors.
Krapin was released to his mother on $100 bail and will be arraigned on Dec. 12.