Physician's assistant arrested again

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Long faces 54 counts for fraud/impersonation

By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

More than 50 new charges were levied against Williston Physician’s Assistant James Long Sept. 6 in an ongoing investigation that first saw him arrested in August for grand theft.

According to documents requested from the Williston Police Department, Long, 67, of Morriston, was arrested on 54 new charges alleging he forged a physician’s name and DEA identification number to prescriptions made out to eight or nine different people.

A physician’s assistant can write prescriptions but some require a doctor’s signature, according to Police Chief Dennis Strow.

The prescriptions, all for Hydrocodone/Acetaminophen varied in number and strength and were prescribed over a 14-month period. Fifty of those prescriptions were Class 2 drugs and four were Class 4. The prescriptions total 5,760 pills.

The arrest documents also allege that Long forged prescriptions to himself for Diazepam (Valium), a controlled Class 4 drug.

The doctor, who practices in Ocala, verified his DEA number but said the signatures on the prescriptions were not his.