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Police: Hicksville man posed as doctor, illegally got drugs

Adeel Riaz, 28, of Hicksville, is led out

Adeel Riaz, 28, of Hicksville, is led out of Nassau County police headquarters in Mineola on Thursday, June 5, 2014. Riaz faces charges of falsifying business records, identity theft and criminal impersonation, police said. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A Hicksville man who said he was a doctor calling local pharmacies, attempting to request "fraudulent prescriptions" for Xanax and Oxycodone, has been arrested, Nassau County police said.

Adeel Riaz, 28, of 51 Lenox Ave., faces 16 counts of first-degree falsifying business records, 15 counts of second-degree identity theft and nine counts of first-degree criminal impersonation.

Police said that between December 2013 and January, Riaz called "multiple pharmacies" pretending to be a licensed physician so that he could request the fake prescriptions.

Riaz was able to obtain prescription narcotics during the transactions, police said.

Police did not reveal the amount of drugs obtained.

Riaz was arrested at his home at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, taken into custody without incident, police said. He was arraigned Thursday in First District Court in Hempstead and held on a $10,500 bail. He was represented by Legal Aid, which does not comment on cases.

With Ellen Yan

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