Pre­scrip­tion drug fraud

Man faces charges for al­legedly fal­si­fy­ing script to score heavy drugs

Weekend Witness - - News - KERUSHUN PILLAY

A NORTHDALE man is fac­ing the full might of the law for al­legedly repli­cat­ing a lo­cal doc­tor’s pre­scrip­tion pad to score heavy drugs from a phar­macy.

Shi­raz Ebrahim Os­man (45) has been charged with fraud for al­legedly pre­sent­ing a fal­si­fied script which ap­peared to be from Dr Im­ran Kar­rim to Hay­fields Phar­macy. The script was for Sched­ule 5 drugs which can be used to get high.

He ap­peared in the Pi­eter­mar­itzburg Mag­is­trate’s Court yes­ter­day and will ap­ply for bail next week. He has not yet pleaded to the charge. Ac­cord­ing to the charge sheet, Os­man is ac­cused of hand­ing over the script know­ing that Kar­rim did not write the pre­scrip­tion.

Kar­rim, who has a prac­tice on Retief Street, told Week­end Wit­ness he had been alerted by the phar­macy that some­one ap­peared to be us­ing a mock-up of his script on Wed­nes­day evening.

“I told them to de­lay him and then called the po­lice and told them there was a crime in progress.”

He said the false script was con­vinc­ing, and had even in­cluded a printed stamp. “Sched­ule 5 drugs ba­si­cally get you stoned,” he ex­plained, adding that he was against pre­scrib­ing such med­i­caDr­Imr an­K ar­rim­hol ds­up­his­l egit­i­mate­pr es­crip­tion­p ad.­ PHOTO:

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