Published DateCONCORD — After a six-month investigation by the N.H. State Police Drug Diversion Section, six people have been charged with obtaining controlled drugs by fraud.
Two, including a New Hampton resident, were charged with "doctor shopping" or going to different doctors to obtain prescription medication for the same alleged illness and one was charged with altering a prescription.
Charged were Susan Pignato, 50, of 1 Linden Fields Road in Exeter; Michelle Darwish, 49, of 760B Route 16 in Ossipee; Stephanie Mann, 37, of 153 Middlesex Road in Merrimack, John Fabiano, 27, of 88 West Sixth Street in Lowell; Patricia Drake, 46, of Route 132 North #590 in New Hampton and Julie Gilbody, 47, of 11 Allds Road in Nashua. Gilbody faces five counts of obtaining controlled drugs by fraud.
All were released on personal recognizance bail and given arraignment dates in their home area's respective circuit courts.