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Quakertown Doctor Faces Forgery, Insurance Fraud Charges
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2020-10-07

            A physician living in Quakertown is accused of forging multiple prescriptions and filing a fake disability claim. Dr. Gregory Grabon, 43, of Broad Street, faces 53 criminal counts – including 27 felony charges – due to his alleged actions over four years.

            Authorities from the Quakertown Police Department, Bucks County District Attorney's Office, and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office filed charges of insurance fraud, forgery, identity theft, theft by deception and violating the Controlled Substances Act against Grabon on Sept. 28. They took him into custody on Oct. 2, according to information posted on the county's CrimewatchPA page.

            "This defendant stole the identity of another doctor to fake his own disability and to, potentially, collect a lifetime of income he didn't deserve. He also lied about the prescriptions he ultimately used for himself," Attorney General Shapiro said, according to a news release on the website.

            Grabon is accused of illegally writing multiple prescriptions of Zolpidem, the active ingredient in Ambien, and Lorazepam, for himself in the name of his wife, himself, his brother and another person, according to the police criminal complaint filed in the Richland Township court of District Judge Lisa Gaier.

            Several of the prescription forms he utilized were from two medical facilities where he did not work. He admitted having St. Luke's prescription forms printed himself, according to the news release from DA's Crimewatch page.

            The physician is accused of forging another doctor's name on a disability insurance policy to the New York Life Insurance Company. In July of 2019, Grabon indicated that he was disabled as a result of "cervical cord compressions," according to the affidavit of probable cause.

            "An arrest like Dr. Grabon's sends a strong message to people everywhere that when it comes to drug diversion, no one is above the law. Not doctors, not patients. No one," District Attorney Matt Weintraub said.

            A Nov. 3, 2019 arrest of Grabon, on a warrant, sparked an investigation that led to the recent charges. A search of his person turned up blank and filled-out prescription forms. They included nine blank forms for prescriptions to be written by Dr. Grabon of the Rehabilitation Associates of the Main Line; four similar blank forms with a listed address of 810 Ostrum St. in Bethlehem; one completed form, dated Jan. 10, 2017 and listing Grabon as the prescribing physician and the patient, for 30 Zolpidem;  a similarly written prescription for Alfuzosin; and one completed prescription from 2008, for Grabon, for 30 Ambien, a Schedule IV narcotic, according to the legal document.

            During a Jan. 27 interview at the Quakertown police department, Grabon told authorities that the prescription pads were from his employment in Malvern and at St. Luke's. Law enforcement officials told Grabon they learned he was never employed at St. Luke's. The interviewee responded by saying he "left there prior to starting" because he was hired by a facility in Malvern.

            Grabon stated that he is on longer writing prescriptions for himself. He also claimed that he is seeing a new doctor, who has been prescribing Zolpidem for him. Grabon stated he did not have an additional problem with the drug, according to court records.

           During an Oct. 2 preliminary arraignment, District Judge Gary Gambardella set bail in the case at 10 percent of $500,000 monetary. Grabon was remanded to Bucks County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing in the case, before Gaier, had been scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, according to the judicial website.


 

 

 

 

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