A pharmacist who became suspicious over the amount of Vicodin in a prescription a woman wanted filled found the prescription was fake - and the woman, a New York City fire department emergency medical services captain, now faces criminal charges, police said Tuesday.
Nassau County police said Faye F. Baughman, 47, of 15 Locust St., Westbury, was arrested at 11 p.m. Monday and charged with possession of a forged instrument and criminal possession of a controlled substance.
She was released on her own recognizance at her arraignment Tuesday in First District Court in Hempstead. Her next court date is Thursday.
On Jan. 2, Baughman entered a Rite Aid store on Post Avenue in Westbury and attempted to have a prescription for Vicodin filled, police said.
She told the pharmacy the script was for her mother. But the pharmacist, alarmed by the amount requested, called the prescribing doctor and they discovered the prescription was fake, said Det. Lt. Raymond Coté at a news conference in Mineola.
The doctor said the prescription was written on a pad that had been taken from his office, Coté said. Baughman was a former patient of the doctor, though the Vicodin prescription was for a false identity, he added.
The prescription was not filled, police said.
Baughman had five white pills believed to be Vicodin when she was arrested, police said. Coté said she was seeking Vicodin for pain.
Baughman, assigned to EMS Station 58 in Brooklyn, has been suspended for 30 days, according to FDNY spokesman Jim Long. She has worked for the FDNY for 26 years, he said.
A man who answered the phone at Baughman's home declined to comment Tuesday.