CORRIGAN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Corrigan Police Department have arrested a 40-year-old man on Feb. 17 in connection to allegations that he stole prescription pain medication from his mother after getting a friend to sign for them and cleaned out her bank account.
Corrigan Police Chief Darrell Gibson said his officers are still looking for the other suspect in the case, Jamie Brown.
Steve Edward White, of Corrigan, is still being held in the Polk County Jail on two felony charges - exploitation of the elderly and forgery of a financial institution - elderly. Collectively, her bail amount has been set at $35,000.
On Feb. 16, two Corrigan PD officers were called out to the 100 block of James Street in regard to a welfare concern. When they got there, a registered nurse with Kindred Hospice out of Livingston met them outside and told them that she has been taking care of Knight's 77-year-old mother.
The nurse told the two CPD officers that her patient had complained to her several times about Knight's drug use, fraud, and forgery, Gibson said. Knight's mother told her caregiver that she had not been given her medicine for three days. Knight's mother also allegedly told the caregiver than she was hungry and had not been fed.
When the nurse looked through the woman's medication, she saw that three prescription drugs - hydrocodone, Xanax, and morphine - missing. The Corrigan PD officers investigated further and found that Brown, a Lufkin resident, signed for the prescription medications on Feb. 9 at Brookshire Brothers and gave them to Knight, Gibson said.
Gibson said a warrant for exploitation of the elderly has been issued for Brown. When Gibson spoke to East Texas News recently, he said that a fraud charge was pending because Knight emptied his mother's bank account.