Dr. David Wagers
Dr. David Wagers

A York County eye doctor and one of his former staff members were arrested after an investigation showed the two were working together to fraudulently obtain prescription painkillers, according to state Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Dr. David Wagers, 43, of Lebanon County, is a former optometrist at Apple Hill Eye Center in York Township.

According to Kane's office, Wagers would write oxycodone prescriptions for his former employee, 29-year-old Amanda Peters of Wellsville, and she would fill the prescriptions and give the pills to Wagers.

Wagers is also accused of using prescriptions that were stolen from a previous employer to write and fill hydrocodone prescriptions in his own name.

While Wagers had a Drug Enforcement Administration registration to prescribe some controlled substances, he didn't have the authority to prescribe oxycodone, according to Kane's office.

Wagers and Peters were arraigned in York County by District Judge Scott Laird. Peters was released on $5,000 unsecured bail and Wagers was released on $7,500 unsecured bail. York County District Attorney Tom Kearney's office will prosecute the case.

Wagers is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance by fraud, one count of prescribing a controlled substance not in accordance with treatment principles, one count of criminal conspiracy and one count of failure to keep records of distribution of controlled substances.

Peters is charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance by fraud and one count of criminal conspiracy.

An Apple Hill Eye Center representative did not immediately return a call for comment.