William Schlotterer, 58, of the 1000 block of Pierce St., was charged with seven counts of illegal processing of drug documents, a fifth-degree felony. The charges came after state authorities wrapped up a yearlong investigation into the alleged crime.
In August 2012, Schlotterer filled seven 30-day trial prescriptions for Cialis at the Rite Aid on West Perkins Avenue, according to Jessie Wimberly, a public information officer for the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.
The osteopathic specialist jotted down seven of his patients’ names on the prescriptions and allegedly claimed he was trying to spare them the embarrassment of filling the prescriptions themselves, according to law enforcement officials.
The peculiar circumstances of a doctor retrieving his patients’ erectile dysfunction drugs tipped off Rite Aid’s pharmacist to possible wrongdoing, Wimberly said. The pharmacist reported his concerns to the Ohio State Board of Pharmacy.
Schlotterer’s patients were unaware their doctor had falsified prescriptions in their names, Wimberly said.
“They had no knowledge those scripts were out there,” Wimberly said.
Citing their authority to view pharmacy logs, state agents reviewed Rite Aid’s records of Schlotterer’s transactions. They then partnered with Sandusky police to obtain a search warrant, and they also cross-referenced Rite Aid’s logs with Schlotterer’s patient files, Wimberly said.
Agents interviewed Schlotterer, who was uncooperative and provided no further information, Wimberly said. Despite his silence, the state’s investigation yielded enough evidence to take their case to an Erie County grand jury, which chose to indict him Wednesday, according to court documents. The indictment alleges Schlotterer intentionally made, sold or knowingly possessed “a false or forged prescription.” It lists seven instances on Aug. 29, 2012, when Schlotterer allegedly filled prescriptions, each one for 30 Cialis pills.
Schlotterer’s Sandusky office is listed in the 1000 block of Pierce St.
He was arrested Friday evening and taken to the Erie County jail, but was released within an hour after posting $35,000 bond.