FARMINGTON -- A 33-year-old Farmington man police say pretended to be a doctor is now charged with eight counts of identity fraud.
Farmington Police Lt. Parish Snyder said Smith's Food & Drug's pharmacy recently alerted police that Preston Ericksen was pretending to be a doctor and calling in his own prescriptions for Tramadol, a prescription pain medication that is not listed as a controlled substance.
While officers were investigating the Smith's case, they received another call on Saturday from Harmon's pharmacy in Farmington.
"We were told that Mr. Ericksen was there to pick up the prescription that he had called in," Snyder said.
Officers arrested Ericksen at the store and booked him in Davis County Jail on identity fraud charges for posing as a doctor. Snyder said Ericksen said he was using the medication himself for back pain.
Police believe Ericksen also called in prescriptions for himself at pharmacies in Centerville and Kaysville.
Detectives are continuing the investigation to see if more charges need to be filed.
"Smith's pharmacy did a real good job screening out this case," Snyder said.
Snyder said it is not common for people to pretend they are doctors in order to get prescriptions.
Ericksen was charged Monday in 2nd District Court with eight counts of identity fraud, third-degree felonies.