Nine ER trips in six months

Patrick Yost News

A Carrolton man arrested in Greene County on 11 counts of forgery and 11 counts of obtaining prescription drugs by fraud faces similar charges in Morgan County.

According to a press release issued by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Dustin James Funk, 32, was arrested on Oct. 12 after a month-long investigation. Allegations include using false names during emergency room visits at Greene County’s St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital in attempts to obtain prescription painkillers.

Five days after Funk was arrested, Morgan County Sheriff’s Office issued nine counts of attempts to obtain dangerous drugs, impersonating a public officer, eight counts of forgery and nine counts of theft of services.

Morgan County authorities allege that along with the alleged prescription drug charges, Funk also racked up more than $13,000 in medical services from Morgan Memorial.

Reports state that from April 7. to Oct. 12, Funk visited Morgan Memorial nine times, each time changing his appearance, name and birthdate. At one point, reports state, he also alleged that he was an officer with the Homeland Security Administration.

Greene County authorities said that at the time of his arrest, Funk’s vehicle was filled with several sets of crutches, leg braces, arm slings, and empty prescription pill bottles.

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