PITT COUNTY -

A Pitt County man is accused of using his late father's prescription to obtain drugs for himself.

The Pitt County Sheriff's Office arrested 27-year-old Michael Steven Puryear, of Ayden, on Wednesday.

According to deputies, the investigation began in March, when they received a report from a local pharmacy of possible prescription fraud.

Detectives said Puryear had contacted a medical facility where his father was a patient, and lied that he would be picking up his father's monthly prescriptions.

Investigators said they later learned that Puryear's father had died about a week before Puryear requested the prescriptions from the medical facility.

Puryear then went to a local pharmacy to have one of the prescriptions filled, according to the Sheriff's Office. Puryear was able to obtain 120 dosages of oxycodone, said investigators.

Puryear has been charged with one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or forgery. He was placed in the Pitt County Detention Center under a $2500 secured bond.