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Friday, March 19, 2010

Suspended Suffern Cop Arrested Again

Suspended Suffern cop arrested again on forged prescription charges
The Journal News by Steve Lieberman -March 19, 2010

WOODBURY, NY — A suspended Suffern police officer already charged in Rockland has been arrested on felony counts of forging prescriptions to get pain killers, Woodbury police said Friday. Michael Lourenso, 35, of Monroe has been out on disability since December after injuring his leg while on duty, authorities said. He was arrested Thursday on charges of forging prescriptions in December and February to obtain painkillers at a pharmacy in Highland Mills, Lt. Arthur Abbott said today. Police charged Lourenso with two counts each of second-degree forgery and second-degree possession of a forged instrument. Lourenso, who surrendered, was released pending a court hearing on Wednesday, Abbott said. Ramapo police arrested Lourenso in February on the same felony charges of getting painkillers from a Montebello pharmacy with a forged prescription, including writing out the doctor's name. Following Lourenso's arrest in February, Suffern Police Chief Clarke Osborn placed the officer on administrative leave with pay pending potential disciplinary charges. Lourenso is paid more than $90,000 annually as an officer, Osborn has said. Lourenso worked for several police departments — including Highland Falls and Croton-on-Hudson — before being hired in Suffern a few years ago. He graduated from the Rockland Police Academy in 2004 as an officer with Highland Falls. Osborn said today that Lourenso's status with the department has not changed.

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