Local News

Substance abuse counselor accused of prescription-drug fraud

Posted July 23, 2012 11:07 a.m. EDT

— A substance abuse counselor is accused of copying prescriptions to get nearly 450 hydrocodone pills from Goldsboro pharmacies.

Kenneth Earl Faison, 54, of 609 S. Madison St., was charged Monday with 16 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. He is a counselor with Drug Alcohol Recovery Treatment-Cherry, a residential program in Goldsboro run by the state Department of Correction.

Police said that Faison photocopied a prescription and took it to eight pharmacies between May 23 and June 17. Eastern Medical Associates tipped off investigators after seeing Faison photocopying a prescription on June 19, police said.

Faison was released after posting a $15,000 unsecured bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.