HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Houston County Sheriff's Office arrested a home health worker Monday in connection to allegations that she picked up the victim's prescription and replaced some of the pain medication with Bayer aspirin that had the identification markings removed.
Melinda Kay Hall, of Crockett, was arrested and charged with third-degree felony prescription fraud and third-degree felony tampering with serial numbers.
"This individual was supposedly taking care of us, and come to find out, she had taken some of my medicine," said Maxine Bradley, the victim.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Houston County Sheriff's deputy responded to a call about medication that appeared to have been tampered with at a home in the 300 block of Sycamore Street in Latexo on Feb. 4.
One day while Bradley's medicine was delivered, another nurse was present and counted the medicine and realized something didn't add up.
"During the counting she found out it was 10 short, and there had been pills replaced in the bottle," Bradley said.
Further investigation revealed that Hall, a certified nursing assistant, went to the Walmart Pharmacy to pick up the victim's prescription pain medication, and at some point before she returned to the Latexo home, she removed some of the prescription pain medication and replaced it with Bayer aspirin that had its identification markings removed, the affidavit stated.