NEW FAIRFIELD — A New Milford man was arrested last week for allegedly committing prescription fraud earlier this year.

Michael Louis Dubret, 44, turned himself in to police Thursday and was charged with illegally obtaining drugs by an altered prescription and third-degree forgery for an incident at Candlewood Pharmacy on Route 37.

Police responded to the pharmacy April 1, after a manager called about an incident earlier that morning that raised some red flags.

The manager said Dubret — a regular customer — came in to pick up a prescription for OxyCodone that had been sent electronically by his doctor, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

While checking Dubret’s prescription history, the pharmacist discovered he had filled a prescription just nine days earlier for Suboxone — a controlled substance used to treat pain, as well as addiction to narcotic pain relievers.

When she looked at the March 23 paper prescription for the Suboxone, the pharmacist told police, “it appeared that the date on the prescription was tampered with.”

When the pharmacist asked Dubret why we was receiving OxyCodone on top of Suboxone, he told her he was “going to hold off taking the Suboxone until he was done with the OxyCodone since he was having hip surgery in a couple days,” according to the police affidavit.

The pharmacist called the doctor who prescribed the medications. The doctor confirmed that he provided the Suboxone prescription to Dubret back in June 2017, and said the date on the recently filled prescription must have been tampered with.

Police obtained a copy of the Suboxone prescription paper and said it “can clearly be seen that the date on the prescription was changed” from June 1, 2017 to March 11, 2019.

Dubret had also added his address to the prescription, which had not been on the original one, police said.

Police said Dubret admitted to changing the date on the prescription.

Dubret told police he changed the date on his old Suboxone prescrition to have it filled because “the prolonged use of OxyCodone was interfering with his sex life because of the side effects of the drug,” according to the police affidavit.

“(Dubret) wanted to start on the Suboxone after the pain from his hip surgery subsided so he could get off the OxyCodone,” the affidavit states.

Dubret is out on $20,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear at state Superior Court in Danbury on Nov. 21.