Three men young men from West Milford, New Jersey are currently facing criminal charges in an interesting case involving prescription drug fraud, robbery, and drug distribution.
According to the Maywood Police Department, witnesses reported a robbery in progress on Tuesday, March 18th at approximately 5:15 p.m. on West Pleasant Avenue in Maywood, providing officers with the license plate number and a description of the vehicle in which the offender fled.
Authorities subsequently notified other police departments of the incident and the details of the vehicle, which they ultimately discovered on Skyline Drive in Ringwood. After taking the vehicle’s occupants into custody and questioning them, police discovered that they had attempted to purchase prescription drugs using a fraudulent prescription, with the assistance of 56-year-old Carlstadt resident Roland Brown.
Police now believe that West Milford residents 18-year-old Austin Demarest, 18-year-old Joshua Walker, and 25-year-old Matthew Florman, gave Brown the prescription and the money to purchase the drugs. They expected him to fill it at a Maywood pharmacy and when Brown was unsuccessful in his attempt, Demarest allegedly robbed him to obtain the money back.
Demarest is now facing charges for robbery as well as attempting to obtain a controlled dangerous substance by fraud. Walker and Florman have been charged with attempting to obtain a controlled dangerous substance by fraud and conspiracy to commit robbery. All of the aforementioned defendants are currently being held at the Bergen County Jail, with their bails set at $75,000 each and no 10 percent option.
In addition, Brown is facing charges for attempting to obtain a controlled dangerous substance by fraud and attempting to distribute a controlled dangerous substance.
For more information pertaining to this case, access the following article: Maywood police nab West Milford, Carlstadt men in alleged prescription drug scheme