By Thom Geier
Updated March 13, 2010 at 07:23 AM EST

The death of 38-year-old former teen star Corey Haim may be linked to an illegal prescription drug ring, authorities said on Friday. “We know there was a prescription pad stolen and there was a prescription written for [Haim] using that pad, so it was fraudulent and we know it was filled,” Christine Gasparac, a spokeswoman for California Attorney General Jerry Brown, told People. The L.A. coroner had indicated that four prescription drug bottles were found at Haim’s home; his death Wednesday was described as an apparent overdose.

Brown indicated to the L.A. Times that the prescriptions in Haim’s name turned up in an ongoing investigation by the state of California into fraudulent prescription drug pads. The ring apparently operates by using stolen doctor identities to order prescription pads from authorized vendors, then selling those prescription forms to addicts or dealers. “Corey Haim’s death is yet another tragedy linked to the growing problem of prescription drug abuse,” Brown told the Times.