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Forum staff reports, Published April 28 2014

Fargo man accused of faking info for prescriptions

FARGO – A Fargo man is accused of using fake personal information to get prescription drugs at a hospital here.

Almir Zurich, 29, was charged Friday in Cass County District Court with one count of acquiring possession of a controlled substance by fraud, a Class C felony, and one count of giving false information to a law enforcement officer, a Class A misdemeanor.

Court documents say Fargo police were called to Sanford Medical Center on Thursday at about 11:01 a.m. on a fraud report.

A hospital employee told the officer that Zurich had given them different names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers each time he came to San-ford as a patient.

She showed the officer the list of medications Zurich had gotten, which included clonazepam, hydrocodone, tramadol, oxycodone, diazepam and lorazepam.

The police report says the officer interviewed Zurich, who gave the of-ficer a misspelled version of his name and a different date of birth.

When the officer verified Zurich’s correct information through dispatch, Zurich allegedly admitted he gave the officer the wrong information because of anxiety issues.

Zurich’s bail was set at $10,000. His next court hearing is set for May 27.