Police nab suspects for prescription fraud
|Date:||March 1, 2013|
Johnny Howell Lester Howell
On Tuesday, Feb. 26, at about 6:10 p.m., the Middletown Police were dispatched to the Rite Aid, 455 W. Main St., Middletown, for a report of a subject who passed a forged prescription to the pharmacy. Upon arrival, officers observed one of the suspects leaving the parking lot in a vehicle with a Pennsylvania registration. Officers stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Lester Howell, 33, of Collingdale, Pa.
Assisting units responded to the Rite Aid as the second suspect was identified as Johnny Howell, 25, of Aldan, Pa., as he attempted to pick up the filled, fraudulent prescription from the store's drive-thru. Johnny Howell was taken into custody without incident.
Further investigation by the Middletown Police revealed that earlier in the evening, Lester Howell attempted to pass a fraudulent prescription at the Acme Pharmacy, 460 E. Main St., Middletown but left when questioned by store staff.
Lester Howell was charged with two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud/forgery and was committed to Howard Young Correctional on $7,000 secured bond.
Johnny Howell was charged with one count of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud/forgery and was committed to Howard Young Correctional on $5,500 secured bond
This investigation is ongoing with additional charges pending for both subjects who appear to be connected to at least four other incidents that occurred in Middletown over the last three months.