A 23 year old man from Lisburn was yesterday found guilty at Lisburn Magistrates’ Court of attempting to fraudulently obtain prescription medication.

Aaron Jackson of 42 F Glenmore Park, Lisburn was found guilty of one count of making a false instrument and one count of using a false instrument. The court heard the male had amended the quantity of the prescription from 5 to 50 Nitrazepam tablets and presented this at a community pharmacy in an attempt to obtain medication that was not prescribed to him.

He will be sentenced on 5 February 2015.

Mark Harvey, Assistant Director of Counter Fraud and Probity Services, Business Services Organisation, said: “It is important we send a clear a message that fraud will not be tolerated because of the direct impact it has on the delivery of frontline services.

“In this instance the vigilance shown by staff both in the community pharmacy and the GP Out of Hours facility which ensured that this individual was unsuccessful in obtaining a potentially harmful quantity of medication.”

Notes to editors:

1. Aaron Jackson was found guilty of one count of making a false instrument and one count of using a false instrument S1 Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981

2. Counter Fraud Services are responsible for the investigation of all cases of suspected fraud across Health and Social Care, Northern Ireland.

3. To report an incident of suspected fraud, please call the HSC Fraud Hotline on 0800 096 33 96 or send a report online at http://www.reporthealthfraud.hscni.net

4. You can follow Counter Fraud Services on Facebook at BSO Counter Fraud Services or on Twitter @bsocfs.

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