FARMINGTON -- The former Syracuse fire chief entered two guilty pleas to charges relating to prescription fraud.
Craig Cottrell, 47, entered the pleas, which will be held in abeyance, on Thursday to two counts of third-degree felony charges of obtaining a prescription under false pretenses. He was then entered into the drug diversion program, which is common for first-time offenders, said Deputy Davis County Attorney Rick Westmoreland.
If Cottrell completes drug counseling and drug treatment successfully, and not get any more felony charges, the case will be dismissed after three years, Westmoreland said.
A review hearing is set for Aug. 22.
Cottrell was charged on Dec. 15, 2011, with two third-degree felony charges of obtaining a prescription under false pretenses.
The charges were filed following an investigation by Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force, according to court documents.
Cottrell is accused of getting at least two prescriptions for a controlled substance from different medical providers without informing the other medical provider between Dec. 10, 2010, and Nov. 3, 2011, according to the documents.
Cottrell resigned from the Syracuse Fire Department on Dec. 15, 2011, the day charges were filed.