Mercer jail employee charged with faking prescriptions

MERCER, Pa. (WKBN) – Pennsylvania State Police have charged a Hermitage woman who worked at a Mercer corrections facility with faking prescriptions for medicine, according to a release sent Tuesday.

Police have arrested Antoinette Besser, 39, charging her with 16 counts of various offenses, including possessing a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud and forgery.

Besser worked at the State Correctional Institute in Mercer, according to the release.

The release also states that a co-worker told police that Besser made a phone call in which she sounded like a medical official calling in a refill for a prescription. Police also received from co-workers a shredded document which they had gotten out of the trash and pieced together. The document appeared to be handwritten script placing a refill order for a prescription, according to the release.

Police stated that upon investigating, they found sixteen separate occasions on which Besser had called in false prescriptions for herself.

The release did not list contact information for Besser.

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