A prescription forger's prison term gets longer

April 22, 1993|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

A Baltimore man serving time in a state prison in Hagerstown for obtaining drugs with forged prescriptions was convicted yesterday on similar charges in Carroll County Circuit Court.

Gary David Gillespie, 34, formerly of the 100 block of South Collins Ave., also was convicted of violating a Baltimore County probation that was imposed after his conviction on the same offense there in 1990.

Gillespie is serving an 18-month sentence for committing the same crime in Anne Arundel County and is trying to clear a pending parole violation in Pennsylvania, said Carroll Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr.

As a result of yesterday's conviction by Judge Burns, Gillespie will be serving four concurrent, 18-month terms on drug charges or parole violations involving bogus prescriptions.

Gillespie will serve his time in Hagerstown, Judge Burns said.

"The guy has a major drug problem," Judge Burns said. "He has been accepted to Second Genesis, which is a drug program in Virginia, and both I and [Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Martin A. Wolff] have agreed to allow him to go into it once he gets this Pennsylvania issue settled."

Gillespie's Carroll conviction stemmed from several incidents in December 1991. According to evidence presented in court, he used Veteran's Administration forms in the name of Joseph Boslego to obtain prescription penicillin; Percocet, a pain-killer; and generic equivalents from several Carroll Rite Aid pharmacies.

A pharmacist at one of the stores called police when she discovered several "unusual" items written on the prescription forms.

Police found that neither the man for whom the prescription was written nor the doctor whose signature appeared on the slips knew anything about the orders.

But Mr. Boslego told police that an acquaintance's boyfriend fit the description the pharmacist gave of the man passing the false prescriptions. It was Gillespie.

Once the Carroll conviction was entered in the court record, authorities established that Gillespie had violated the terms of his Baltimore County probation.

So Judge Burns sentenced him for that violation.

"It's not a big story, it's a sad story," Judge Burns said. "Second Genesis is one of the best programs in the area. He can get help there."

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