Man charged with defrauding pharmacy

A 28-year-old man faces charges after allegedly lying about his identity in an attempt to defraud a local pharmacy and obtain prescription anxiety medication, according to authorities.

John Stephen Weber, 28, whose address was not listed in documents, faces felony charges of criminal attempt to acquire controlled substances and possession of controlled substances.

According to court records, on Feb. 11 and 12, Weber entered the Giant on East Third Street in the city. He told pharmacists he was an employee of Dr. Timothy Derstine’s office who had been sent to pick up prescriptions, records state.

Through the alleged fraud, Weber acquired two prescriptions, according to court records.

On Feb. 11, he was given 45 tablets of alprazolam. On Feb. 12, he received a 60 tablets of clonazepam.

Weber was taken into custody by state police on Feb. 12. That same day, he was arraigned by on-call District Magistrate James H. Sortman.

Weber is incarcerated in lieu of $25,000 bail.