Trial begins for former Lehigh County psychiatrist accused of role in prescription drug ring
By Sarah Cassi
September 16, 2014

Psychiatrist David Daley

Psychiatrist David Daley

A former Lehigh County psychiatrist accused of being part of a prescription drug ring is having his day in court.

Trial began today for Dr. David Daley, who practiced at 7729 Main St. in Fogelsville, on 33 counts of prescribing controlled substances outside of accepted medical principles and one count of helping patients fraudulently obtain prescription drugs, all felonies.

Daley is free on 10 percent of $30,000 bail, records say. He now practices in Colorado, according to online records.

The crimes occurred between Jan. 1, 2008, and Dec. 17, 2009, records say.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Shawn Kofluk testified today troopers first became aware of Daley after investigating fake prescriptions in Schuklyll County. Troy L. Schoffler and Kristen Overkott, both of Aristes, Columbia County, and four people from Schuylkill County were also charged. Schoffler and Overkott are awaiting trial on criminal charges related to the drug ring.

Kofluk said the investigation into suspicious prescriptions filled at a nearby pharmacy in Northumberland County pharmacy led troopers to Schoffler.

“He told me it was very easy to go to (Daley) to get prescriptions,” Kofluk said.

Schoffler, who is accused of creating prescriptions on a computer with the same paper Daley used at his practice, testified at Daley’s preliminary hearing and is expected to testify in Daley’s trial.

Schoffler previously said he started seeing Daley in February 2009 because a 20-year relationship with his live-in girlfriend ended and that on the first visit he asked for Vicodin and Daley prescribed it without taking any vital signs or medical exam.

On other visits through June 2009, Schoffler testified, he was able to get prescriptions for Adderall and Valium, again without any exams or discussions.

The trial is expected to last into next week.

David Daley