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Massena man charged with impersonating doc


CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION - MASSENA - A Massena man has been charged with impersonating a physician in an unsuccessful effort to be prescribed Ritalin from two pharmacies.

Village police charged Darrel P. Dodd, 29, of 187 Center St., Apt. 4, Massena, with first-degree criminal impersonation of a licensed physician on Saturday.

He allegedly called Walgreen’s and Kinney Drugs on June 3, identified himself as Dr. Mauer and stated Darrel Dodd needed an emergency supply of Ritalin for the weekend. The man identifying himself as Dr. Mauer said Dodd was out of Ritalin and needed to call in a five-day supply. He initially called Walgreen’s and then called Kinney Drugs.

Dodd was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and was released under the supervision of the probation department.

Police said they had been called to 30 Cornell Ave, on June 3 for a disturbance call and when they arrived found Jeremy Tilden was upset because Dodd had borrowed his cell phone and then tensions rose about 10 minutes later when Tilden sought to get his phone back from his neighbor.

Dodd became upset because he wanted more time on the phone, police said, and during the argument Dodd suggested he was going to get arrested for the phone calls he had made.

Police said their investigation revealed the phone calls had been made to the two pharmacies.

A pharmacist at Walgreen’s said she had received the phone call from the man identifying himself as Dr. Mauer on June 3. “I immediately realized it wasn’t a doctor calling and the voice was actually Darrel Dodd. He said his patient was out of Ritalin for the weekend and needed to call five days in. I knew this wasn’t true because Darrel Dodd had been in the day before and an Rx for 30 tabs of Ritalin from the Massena Memorial Hospital emergency room. I had refused to fill this Rx ...,” the Walgreen’s pharmacist told police.

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