Kathleen G. Kane - Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General - Protecting Pennsylvanians

July 6, 2006

Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Section charges former SEPTA employee with using co-worker's ID to obtain Viagra

HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that charges were filed against a Philadelphia man accused of using a co-worker's name and insurance information to illegally obtain nearly 40 individual prescriptions for Viagra, a drug typically prescribed to treat erectile dysfunction. 

Galen Baker IFCorbett said the Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Section arrested and charged Galen W. Baker, 50, 1739 Diamond Street, Philadelphia, with insurance fraud, theft by deception, identity theft and forgery.

According to the charges, Baker between January 2004 and February 2005 used his co-worker's name and drug benefits card on 38 separate occasions to obtain prescriptions for Viagra without the co-worker's knowledge or authorization. During that time, Baker and his co-worker were both SEPTA employees and knew each other casually on-the-job. Baker has since resigned his position with the transportation authority. 

The defendant is accused of using his co-worker's insurance information by removing the Septa Employees Prescription Benefit Plan card from the man's wallet. 

Investigators said, Baker allegedly stole blank prescription sheets from his own doctor's office, filled them out for 100 mg Viagra tablets under his co-workers name, forged his doctor's signature and then submitted the prescriptions to various pharmacies.

On other occasions, the charges state that Baker contacted local drug stores and phoned in the illegal prescriptions and/or re-fills claiming to be various employees from his doctor's office. In each case, Baker paid the required insurance co-pay for the drugs, and would pick-up the filled prescriptions in-person, posing as his co-worker. 

"This alleged elaborate scheme failed when his co-worker was told by his regular drug store pharmacist that he had another prescription ready for pick-up at one of their other store locations," Corbett said. "Investigators, using photos, statements made by the defendant and records from Baker's doctor's office determined that 38 illegal prescriptions were filled and submitted to SEPTA's employee benefits plan which paid more than $3,000 for the forged prescriptions." 
 
Baker was arrested and charged with one felony count each of Insurance Fraud, Theft by Deception, Identity Theft, and one misdemeanor charge of Forgery.   

Baker was released on his own recognizance. A preliminary hearing has been set for July 14th in Philadelphia Municipal Court.

The case will be prosecuted in Philadelphia by Deputy Attorney General M. Eric Schoenberg of the Attorney General's Insurance Fraud Section in Norristown.

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(Individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

EDITORS NOTE: A copy of the criminal complaint and photo of the defendant can be obtained by contacting the Attorney General's Press Office at (717) 787-5211.