Pubdate: Sat, 24 May 2003
Source: News Leader, The (VA)
Copyright: 2003 News Leader


STAUNTON -- A Charlottesville police detective and former Staunton police 
officer is charged with felony prescription fraud after reportedly trying 
to illegally obtain painkillers, police said.

William M. Duncan Jr., 46, of 340 Rainbow Drive, Staunton, was arrested May 
12, the same day he allegedly tried to pass a bogus Demerol prescription at 
the Medical Center Pharmacy on Lambert Avenue, according to a Staunton 
police report.

The prescription, police said, originated from the Family Medical Center in 
Fort Defiance.

Police said Duncan's prescription immediately raised suspicions. When 
contacted, personnel at the Fort Defiance pharmacy indicated no such 
prescription had been written, police said.

Duncan was hired by the Charlottesville Police Department in 1989 following 
a six-year stint as a Staunton police officer. Currently a detective, 
Duncan has been placed on paid leave and an investigation has been launched 
by the Charlottesville Police Department, according to Capt. Bryant Bibb, 
of the Charlottesville police.
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