Three Mahopac residents are facing felony and misdemeanor charges following an investigation into a number of phony prescriptions from Peekskill that were presented at establishments in Carmel, Mahopac, Putnam Valley and Southeast.
Anthony Riviezzo, 35, Michelle Riviezzo, 35, and Nicholas Gigliobianco, 32, are accused of stealing several blank prescription pads from a Peekskill doctor, and then using them to request "large quantities" of Oxycodone from pharmacists across Putnam, police say. The investigation is ongoing.
"On June 1, 2012, an undercover investigator assigned to the Sheriff’s Narcotics Enforcement Unit received a report from a local pharmacist that he was in receipt of a prescription to dispense Oxycodone, a narcotic usually used to relieve pain," police said in a statement released Friday. "Upon further inspection by the druggist, he suspected that the document was forged and contacted the Peekskill physician whose name appeared on the form. As a result of their phone conversation, the physician confirmed that the prescription was fictitious."
All three defendants live on Jodibeth Drive in Mahopac. They each face the following charges: felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fourth degree, felony criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree and misdemeanor criminal possession of stolen property in the fifth degree.
Police charged Michelle Riviezzo, Anthony Riviezzo's wife, with four counts of the controlled substance charge. Gigliobianco, her brother, is facing two counts of that charge.
Following arraignments before Carmel Town Justice Thomas Jacobellis, the three defendants were remanded to the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail each. They posted and were released, pending future court appearances.