A Hollidaysburg man allegedly amassed painkillers by "doctor shopping," according to state narcotics agents.
Richard D. Hofer Sr., 53, of 1601 Allegheny St., Apt. 5, is accused of seeking out prescription drugs from three doctors between Dec. 10, 2012, and April 30, 2013, an investigation by the state Attorney General's Office and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs concluded.
Hofer was a patient at the Van Zandt VA Medical Center, 2907 Pleasant Valley Blvd., and as part of the center's pain management program, had agreed not to get any drugs from non-VA doctors, according to court records.
An investigation revealed Hofer violated the agreement and received drugs from "a non-VA pharmacy, prescribed by a non-VA physician," a violation of the agreement, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
Hofer's VA prescriptions included methadone hydrochloride and morphine sulphate, and investigators allegedly found Hofer had obtained prescriptions of an oxycodone/acetaminphen painkiller, as well as a oxycodone/hydrochloride prescription from the other doctors.
The doctors all believed they were the only physicians treating Hofer and prescribing him medication, police concluded.
The doctors also said if they had known Hofer was being treated elsewhere, they would not have prescribed the medication.
Police alleged Hofer knowingly mislead and deceived the doctors to get the pills.
Hofer, police said, invoked his right to remain silent when confronted with the investigation.
He was arraigned Wednesday on 14 felony counts of acquiring a controlled substance through fraud or deception before Magisterial District Judge Steven Jackson.
Hofer was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond with a preliminary hearing scheduled for Feb. 20.