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Ex-Watertown officer facing charges

March 5, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — A former Watertown police officer is facing federal charges of illegally obtaining prescription medications by using someone else’s identity.

Joseph Deignan was charged Tuesday with unlawful possession of a controlled substance by fraud and fraud in connection with identification documents.

Authorities say the 57-year-old Framingham resident used the identity of another person to obtain oxycodone and other controlled substances at a Marlborough pharmacy by forging prescriptions in the other person’s name.

Deignan is alleged to have stolen the driver’s license of the person in 2010 while working as the traffic supervisor for the Watertown Police Department. He retired in February 2012.

He is scheduled to appear in court later Tuesday.

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