- Associated Press - Monday, November 10, 2014

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A former Mount Vernon police officer is facing charges he used forged prescriptions to obtain at least 3,790 hydrocodone pills.

Joseph Russo surrendered to Westchester County authorities on Monday and was released without bail following an initial court appearance. He did not enter a plea.

Prosecutors say that between 2011 and 2013, Russo had numerous phony prescriptions with the forged signatures of at least two physicians.

He is accused of taking the prescriptions to pharmacies in the Mount Vernon area to get the pills.

He is charged with possession of a forged instrument and scheme to defraud.

Defense attorney Andrew Quinn says he is investigating the allegations. He said Russo is no longer working as a police officer.

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