Doctor charged with fraudulent prescriptions

December 19, 1997

County police arrested a doctor with offices in Pasadena on charges of prescription fraud after an investigation sparked by a tipster who said the doctor was using a former patient's name to get painkillers and a sedative.

Dr. Sol Witriol, 57, whose offices are in the 8000 block of Ritchie Highway, was charged in a criminal summons with prescription fraud and illegal possession of prescription drugs.

Police were told last week that the doctor allegedly was obtaining prescriptions for Roxicet, Fioricet and Donnatal in the name of a former patient.

The prescriptions were filled by Leo Chan, a pharmacist at Kmart, also in the 8000 block of Ritchie Highway, police said.

Chan told police that he had filled seven prescriptions for Roxicet, a potentially addictive painkiller, between January and June, and that he also filled prescriptions for Fioricet, usually prescribed for tension headaches, and Donnatal, a sedative, between January and July. All of the prescriptions were for the former patient.

Detective Glenn Shanahan intervied the patient, who said he had not seen Witriol or been prescribed drugs by him this year. Shanahan served Witriol with a criminal summons Wednesday.

Pub Date: 12/19/97

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