Men from Brick and Toms River, as well as others from Monmouth and Middlesex counties, were indicted by a Monmouth County grand jury on fraud and drug charges this week.
Joseph Italiano, 24, of Toms River; Nathan Mendoza, 38, of Toms River; Wayne Laborante, 23, of Brick; and James Laborante, 25, of Brick – as well as Sai Huang, 33, of Metuchen and Jonathan Penn, 26, of Howell, were named in the indictment.
The men are accused of falsifying records, a fourth degree crime, by presenting MRI reports from several Shore area imaging centers, knowing they contained false information in order to deceive a Middletown physician with the purpose of trying to obtain drugs.
The men also face various drug charges, including obtaining a controlled dangerous substance by way of fraud. The substances in question, according to court documents, include oxycodone, alprazolam and carisoprodol.