Nurse accused of forging signature on valium prescription in Corinth
CORINTH A Middle Grove nurse is accused of forging a prescription to get himself Valium, according to the state Inspector General’s Office.
Gregory Wait, 50, was recently arraigned in Corinth Town Court on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and second-degree forgery, both class D felonies, and official misconduct, a misdemeanor. The charges stem from an investigation by the IG’s office that was prompted when the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, which employs Wait, allegedly found a prescription for Valium in his name and with a signature stamp of a physician at the clinic in Corinth where he works.
The physician told the IG’s office that he never approved the prescription and didn’t stamp it.
“[Wait] was responsible for providing care for those unable to care for themselves — people who have needs uniquely met by OPWDD,” said Inspector General Scott. “That he would allegedly abuse his position to illegally obtain narcotics for his own benefit is unconscionable.”
Since the prescription was discovered, Wait has been on administrative leave. He has worked for OPWDD since 1983.
The investigation by the IG’s office found that he allegedly faxed the prescription to a pharmacy in Lake Luzerne, where it was later retrieved.
Wait is due in court again Oct. 8.