CROWN POINT — A former employee at a doctor's office in Munster is accused of forging prescriptions for pain medication.

Michele Anna Marie Kawzinski, 25, of Hobart, was charged Friday in Lake Criminal Court with two counts of forgery, two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or forgery, unlawful possession of a legend drug and misdemeanor theft.

Kawzinski is alleged to have forged prescriptions while employed at Orthopaedic Specialists of Northwest Indiana, 730 W. 45th St. in Munster, according to court documents.

A manager for the doctor's office told Munster police Aug. 17 that Kawzinski created several fraudulent patient accounts, and those phony patients were prescribed Norco, an opioid medication, documents state.

Doctors told police their signatures were forged on the opioid prescriptions, according to documents.

Kawzinski was taken into custody and a search of her handbag turned up a blank prescription pad for one of the doctors, documents state.

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A search of patient records revealed Kawzinski created fraudulent prescriptions for several persons who shared her last name.

One of those prescriptions was filled Aug. 9 at a Walgreens in Lake Station. Surveillance footage from the Walgreens showed Kawzinski was the person who picked up the prescription.

Kawzinski remained wanted on the warrant Tuesday, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. 

Kawzinski's bond is $10,000, according to court records.

A manager for Orthopaedic Specialists declined to comment.

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Lake County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.