A Bentleyville man was arrested Friday morning by agents from the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office on drug-related charges for allegedly passing forged prescriptions at area pharmacies.
Jordan Ross Bular, 25, of 335 Lincoln Ave., Bentleyville, was arraigned before District Judge Curtis Thompson on charges of obtaining or possessing a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud or forgery, identity theft, forgery and attempt to obtain a controlled substance by misrepresentation.
According to an affidavit filed at Thompson’s office, as part of a joint investigation of Kuzy’s Drug Store in Bentleyville, it was discovered that fraudulent prescriptions for narcotics were being passed by several people at that drug store, as well as others in Washington and Allegheny counties. Based on that information, search warrants were obtained for other pharmacies.
Last March, federal and state law enforcement officials converged on Kuzy’s, 808 Main St. Investigators were seen carrying boxes from the business. The pharmacy closed shortly thereafter.
The attorney general’s office at the time would not comment on the search.
Bular was identified as one person allegedly passing fraudulent prescriptions for narcotics. His name, according to the affidavit, surfaced as a person who was receiving a large number of Oxycodone tablets.
Bular initially agreed to work with investigators but was told he could no longer participate in any illegal activity. It was discovered he continued to produce and/or pass fraudulent prescriptions, authorities said.
Investigators met with Bular Dec. 19 and told him they could not work with him any longer, suggesting he seek assistance for his drug dependency. Investigators said they also learned he allegedly passed a fraudulent prescription at a Belle Vernon pharmacy and tried to pass one at a Bentleyville pharmacy using a different name. He also reportedly used other names on fraudulent prescriptions presented at stores in Bridgeville and Monessen.
The doctor whose name was on the prescriptions told investigators he had never written a prescription for Bular.
A spokesman for the AG’s office said Friday he had no comment on the investigation.
Bular was placed in the Washington County jail on $350,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday before Thompson.