A former medical office employee was arrested Saturday for using a forged prescription to get painkillers at a pharmacy.

Nassau police said Teresa Squillante, 45, of Myers Avenue, Hicksville, allegedly stole prescription pads from her previous employer and wrote herself a prescription for the painkiller Vicodin.

A pharmacist at the CVS on 202 Old Country Rd., Hicksville, called police. Police said the pharmacist recognized Squillante because she had attempted to get painkillers with a forged prescription last month. It's not immediately known whether Squillante was arrested in November.

"Squillante previously worked at a medical office in Old Bethpage and it appears that she took an unknown quantity of prescription pads from that office without authorization," police said.

She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Sunday in First District Court in Hempstead on four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and one count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Squillante, who is currently on probation for forging prescriptions, was held on $30,000 bond, a Nassau District Attorney said in court.

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Her husband, Alfonso Squillante, told the judge that there is a lien on the couple's home and he has no money for bail.

"I am trying to desperately keep things together with my family and keep my wife well," Alfonso Squillante told the judge.

Teresa Squillante has been working at Chateaubriand, a catering facility in Carle Place, for about two years, said a legal aid attorney who represented her in court.

With Tania Lopez