The state attorney general’s office has filed charges against 53-year-old Darlene Venezia-Skaggs, who had worked for Medicor Associates, for leaving a prescription pad in the office after she was terminated so four of her patients could get refills for Oxycodone, and one for methadone.
She also allegedly wrote two prescriptions herself for another patient after being terminated because, according to court papers, she said he legitimately needed the drugs. Court papers say she wrote the prescriptions at her home and met the man somewhere else, where she gave them to him.
In the other five cases, she told agent Heather Dunkle she was concerned that her patients would not get the drugs after she was terminated because Dr. Steven Hermann would rarely write prescriptions for controlled substances.
Hermann told Dunkle he had no idea Venezia-Skaggs was writing prescriptions after her termination date, or that she left prescriptions for others to fill out. He said he neither gave her permission, nor authorized her, to do so.
She is free on unsecured bail and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for next week.