HYDE PARK – A Hyde Park woman has been arrested on charges related to falsifying narcotic prescriptions through her job as an Office Assistant for Dr. Anthony Sarayno in Hyde Park. The arrest is the result of a year-long joint investigation by the Dutchess County Drug Task Force and the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
53-year-old Alison Albertson was taken into custody on August 4, 2021. Albertson was employed by Dr. Sarayno at the Hyde Park Health Center at 5 Alexander Drive in Hyde Park. Officials say Albertson had worked there for several years.
In the fall of 2020, the Dutchess County Drug Task Force was alerted to Albertson illegally issuing narcotic prescriptions to multiple patients. The Dutchess County Drug Task Force along with the DEA and the Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement opened an investigation into Albertson. After a year-long investigation, the Dutchess County Drug Task Force was able to identify multiple prescriptions that were issued illegally to multiple patients, in which authorities say Albertson was responsible for sending electronically to local pharmacies without the knowledge of the doctor.
Albertson was charged with three felony counts of Criminal Impersonation of a Duly Licensed Physician.
Ms. Albertson was issued an appearance ticket returnable in the Town of Hyde Park Court. The DEA-NY Strike Force Tactical Diversion Squad, New York State Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement, and The Town of Hyde Park Police Department also assisted in the investigation. Additional charges may be pending, according to law enforcement officials.