LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a 25-year-old woman for prescription fraud on Thursday after she allegedly picked up prescriptions for pain medication in her name, her cousin's name, and her step-mother's name at three different local pharmacies.
Lindsey Nicole Brooks, of Diboll was arrested and charged with third-degree felony fraudulent possession of a controlled substance or prescription. She posted a $5,000 bail and was released from the Angelina County Jail later Thursday.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Lufkin Police Department, a LPD detective was working another case with a Texas Department of Public Safety narcotics agent when he got a call from the Walgreens Pharmacy located at 102 N. Timberland Drive in reference to a woman who was about to pick up a prescription that had been found to be fraudulent on Feb. 21.
The DPS agent got to the Walgreens first and pointed out a green Chevrolet Z71 pickup to the LPD detective. In the affidavit, the detective said he believed the DPS agent told the driver, who was later identified as Brooks, to pull around to the front of the store to clear the drive-through lane.
However, Brooks kept going. The LPD detective made contact with her when she stopped at the VFW Hall in the 1800 block of Ford Chapel Road. He identified himself as a police officer and asked her if she knew why he was following her. Brooks allegedly told him that she thought it was because of the prescription she had just tried to pick up.
Brooks allegedly told the LPD detective she had a problem and that she had called in the prescription from Dr. Carter's office. When the detective asked her how many other prescriptions she had called in, she allegedly replied, "I don't know - several."
The LPD detective arrested Brooks at the scene, and a patrol unit transported her to the Angelina County Jail. During an interview, Brooks allegedly told the LPD detective that she had called in several prescriptions under her name, her cousin's name, and her step-mother's name to several Lufkin pharmacies.
After the LPD detective talked to the office manager for two local doctors, he confirmed that Brooks had called in at least 23 fraudulent prescriptions under three different names at the CVS, Walmart, and Walgreens pharmacies, according to affidavit. The fraudulent prescriptions included Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen and bupropion.