UNION, NJ – A physician from Springfield who practiced in Union was arrested on Monday, charged with fraud and forging prescriptions, Union police said.

Police say on October 12, they responded to a doctor’s office on Galloping Hill Road to investigate a theft.  An unidentified doctor at that location told the officers he was looking at some prior prescriptions and realized it appeared his signature had been forged.

Union detectives investigated and determined that on eight different occasions questionable prescriptions were written to a fellow doctor in the practice with the unauthorized signature.  Police say a variety of prescription drugs were received for each prescription.  A Union detective worked in conjunction with the Union County Prosecutor's Office Opiate Task Force and Assistant Prosecutor Peter DeRose, and the investigation led to charges against a fellow doctor in the office who illegally obtained prescription drugs.

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Dr. Robert Hutchinson, 49, from Springfield, was charged with (1) obtaining by fraud; (2) uttering a forged document, and (3) receiving stolen property, Union police said.

Hutchinson surrendered to detectives on Monday, November 18 at police headquarters where he was arrested and released with a future court date.