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Woodbury medical assistant accused of stealing prescription form

A Woodbury man has been accused of stealing a prescription form from his workplace to obtain Percocet pills, according to court documents.

William Sauberman, 27, was arrested Aug. 13 and arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on Aug. 14, said Chris Munzing, spokesman for the Nassau County district attorney's office. He was charged with forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument and grand larceny, according to the felony complaint and the district attorney's office.

According to a felony complaint, Sauberman gave a statement to police admitting that in May 2012 he stole the prescription form from the electronic medical record system at Orthopaedic and Sports Associates of Long Island in Woodbury, where he was working as a medical assistant and IT administrator.

He said he wrote his name, the date and a request for 120 Percocet pills on the form, the felony complaint said. The prescription form had the electronic signature of Dr. Salvatore Corso, who is employed at the practice, the complaint said.

"The defendant did knowingly possess the forged prescription with the intent to defraud and deceive the Walgreens Pharmacy department into delivering one hundred and twenty percocet pills to the defendant upon his presentation of the said prescription," the complaint said.

A woman who answered the phone at the practice would not say if Sauberman is still employed there and had no further comment.

Sauberman is a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician in the Syosset Fire Department, Louise Intindoli, secretary and treasurer of the Syosset Fire District, said in an emailed statement.

The fire department filed internal charges against Sauberman on Aug. 20, Intindoli said. Syosset fire Chief Peter Silver referred questions to Intindoli. It is not clear if the internal charges are related to Sauberman's arrest.

"Disciplinary action against members is handled on a case-by-case basis," Intindoli said.

A man who answered the number listed as Sauberman's cellphone said Thursday that he wasn't available.

His attorney, Brian Shutak, of the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, declined to comment.

Sauberman is due back in court Sept. 5.

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