Lastowski was booked at Purgatory Correctional Facility on two counts of fraud to obtain a prescription and one of forging or altering a prescription. Bail was set at $15,000 bail and he was released on his own recognizance.
Deputy County Attorney Ryan Shaum said the Washington County Attorney's Office has referred the case to the Beaver County Attorney for prosecution because Lastowski is a former Washington County Attorney employee.
Washington County Drug Task Force chief Lt. David Moss said Detective Curtis Spragg opened the investigation last week and learned Lastowski had allegedly purchased two similar drugs using prescriptions from different doctors.
"(Spragg) talked to the two doctors, and neither one said he knew the other was prescribing the substance," according to Moses. "It's a violation, not to disclose to a doctor that you're getting a prescription from another one," Moses said.
Spragg showed a copy of one prescription to the doctor who wrote it, and the doctor said the prescription had been changed between the time he wrote it and when it was presented to the pharmacist, Moss said. "It was changed to a higher amount," Moss said. "He (Lastowski) is alleging he didn't change it. We're investigating that. If someone else did it, then we're not going to charge him with that," Moses said.
Defense attorney Travis Christiansen, Lastowski's partner, said Lastowski will continue to be part of the practice for now. "He works for me at this point, and he enjoys the presumption of innocence," Christiansen said. "He is a very good and competent attorney who will continue to work and serve our clients to the best of his ability until someone tells us otherwise."
Christiansen said Lastowski has had some long-term medical problems but said they don't affect his ability to perform his job. "I have full confidence in his ability as an attorney and full confidence things will work out in his favor in the legal system," Christiansen said.