Police: Man impersonated physician on phone to pharmacy

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. (WKTV) - New Hartford Police arrested a Utica man after he allegedly called a pharmacy, impersonating a local physician, to prescribe and obtain medicine.

Police say that 25-year-old Robert Gotham is charged with criminal impersonation, a felony.

Police say that they were alerted by the pharmacy department at Walmart in North Utica who suspected they got a bogus call from a man claiming to be a local doctor, prescribing medicine for a female patient.

The pharmacist was tipped off that the call was illegitimate because the impersonator could not properly pronounce the physician's name of whom he was impersonating, according to New Hartford Police.

Authorities say he was attempting to get the strongest dose of Percocet.

The Utica Walmart employees warned the New Hartford Walmart of the incident.

Gotham was arrested at the New Hartford Walmart, where he was attempting to pick up the prescription he had made under his girlfriend's name.

Gotham was sent to Oneida County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

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