“Bassett follows the safeguards required by the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement,” Hutxtable-Hooker said.
Theft of prescription blanks is a widespread and longstanding problem, but New York law does not classify the theft or possession of blanks as a serious criminal offense. However, attempts to use such forms can be prosecuted as fraud.
A bill to change toughen the law – S2940 – was passed by the state Senate, 59-1, on April 29, with Sens. James Seward, R-Milford, and John J. Bonacic, R-New Hope, voting in favor of it. If enacted, the law would classify the theft of prescription blanks as grand larceny, a Class D felony in the fourth degree. Possession of a stolen prescription form would be included under the statute covering the receipt of stolen property, also a Class D felony. Possession of any blank prescription form would be a Class A misdemeanor.
The bill is now before the Assembly, where similar legislation died in the Code Committee two years ago.
Otsego County District Attorney John Muehl did not return several calls for comment.