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Richard Wiese of Poughkeepsie charged with using bogus prescriptions to get methadone

A plastic cup holds a dose of methadone

A plastic cup holds a dose of methadone at the Southern Indiana Treatment Center in Jeffersonville, Ind. (July 7, 2006) Photo Credit: AP / The Evening News

A Poughkeepsie man was arrested after he was caught trying to fill another person's prescription to feed his methadone habit, State Police said Thursday.

Richard Wiese, 54, was arrested Wednesday by New York State troopers with Troop K in Poughkeepsie while he was having the prescription filled at a CVS pharmacy on West Road in Pleasant Valley.

For the past two weeks, Wiese had used the names of several past patients to get prescription refills at the CVS and other pharmacies, State Police said. All the patients were elderly. Police did not detail how Wiese got their names and prescription information.

At the time of his arrest, troopers found Wiese was carrying a bottle with 73 methadone pills, according to police. The opiate is used as a treatment for heroin addiction but itself can be subject to abuse and is a controlled substance.

CVS employees grew suspicious of Wiese's repeated prescription refills under different names and alerted State Police, authorities said.

Wiese was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, fifth-degree illegal possession of a controlled substance, felonies, and fifth-degree possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor.

He was arraigned in Pleasant Valley Town Court and sent to Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond.

A phone number listed for Wiese was disconnected Friday. A lawyer for Wiese could not be located.

He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

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