9 Jun 2011

Pharmacist admits forging initials of doctors

3:32 pm on 9 June 2011

An Auckland pharmacist has admitted 47 fraud charges involving tens of thousands of dollars of public money.

Ashley Dunn entered the guilty pleas in the Auckland District Court on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Health says it laid the charges after an investigation into the Farm Cove Pharmacy, which is owned by Dunn, found altered prescription forms and computer records.

The Ministry says the Counties Manukau District Health Board was defrauded of $49,000 between February 2005 and October 2008.

Dunn faced 34 charges of forgery, 12 of unlawfully accessing a computer and one of using a document for pecuniary advantage.

He will be sentenced on 18 August.