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Man who forged prescriptions succeeds in diversion program

LOCKPORT – Zachary S. Gravell of North Tonawanda, who was assigned to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment 14 months ago after pleading guilty to prescription forgery, has successfully completed the program, State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said Tuesday.

Gravell, 26, of Oliver Street, had his charge reduced from a felony, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, to a third-degree misdemeanor count. Kloch set sentencing for Sept. 30 and told Gravell he would be “pleased” with the outcome.

Under terms of the diversion plea agreement, Kloch can’t send Gravell to jail. Kloch’s choices are to place him on probation for three years or to dismiss the case entirely.

Gravell was charged with stealing a doctor’s prescription pad and trying to obtain three prescriptions on Jan. 28, 2013, at the Wellness Park Pharmacy on River Road in North Tonawanda.