Woman accused of prescription fraud

A woman is accused of impersonating an employee from a doctor’s office and prescribing several controlled substances for another person through the CVS Pharmacy, 518 West Southern Ave., South Williamsport, on April 7.

Tiffany L. Buxton also faces charges for allegedly attempting to retrieve the drugs from the pharmacy two days later, according to South Williamsport police.

Buxton, 31, of Darby, allegedly called the pharmacy on April 7, purporting to be an employee from the office of Dr. Gary Salzman, of Philadelphia, in an attempt to prescribe codeine, Xanax, Abilify and Azithromycin for someone named Sade McFarland, according to an affidavit.

When Buxton tried to pick up the drugs on April 9 allegedly claiming to be a relative of McFarland’s, state police confronted her.

The police were contacted because CVS employees could not verify that Sade McFarland was a patient of Salzman’s.

When Buxton was arrested, police found several controlled substances in her possession, for which she allegedly had no valid prescriptions, police said.

Buxton was arraigned recently before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman on several charges related to identity theft and attempting to procure a prescription by fraud, as well as charges related to possession of a controlled substance.

She was committed to Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Police said Buxton already has one conviction for obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and a conviction for conspiracy to commit, and attempting to commit, the same crime.