A Doylestown woman who worked at a Newtown dentist office is being charged with 12 felony counts for fraudulently ordering narcotics, according to Newtown Township police.
Police say a two-month investigation revealed that Samantha Welsh, 32, of Old Dublin Pike in Doylestown, fraudulently ordered more than 1,000 Hydrocodone tablets in varied dosages, as well as 100 tablets of Diazepam.
Welsh is being charged with numerous crimes after a narcotics investigation that began in June, Newtown Township police said.
According to Newtown Township Police, the investigation began in June when a local dentist reported several discrepancies with the amount of medications ordered for his practice.
“The dentist came to police when he discovered the amount of pain medications that had been ordered recently exceeded the normal amounts and were not approved by him,” Newtown Township police said.
The dentist also told police that the narcotics were not in the office’s secured medicine cabinet.
Welsh has been charged with 12 felony counts of acquisition or obtaining possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, deception or subterfuge after she placed and took possession of a dozen separate orders of Hydrocodone between March and June.
Welsh also faces nine third-degree felony counts of criminal use of communication facility since she used a cell phone to place the fraudulent orders, police said. She was also charged with 12 misdemeanor counts of intentionally possessing a controlled substance, along with multiple counts of receiving stolen property.
Welsh was arranged before Judge Nasshorn and released on $100,000 unsecured bail.