CORRIGAN, TX (KTRE) - A 39-year-old Lufkin woman who is accused of signing for a woman's prescription pain medications, so her friend could steal them turned herself into the Corrigan Police Department Friday.
Jamie Lee Brown is still being held in the Polk County Jail on a felony exploitation of the elderly charge. Her bail amount has been set at $15,000.
The other suspect in the case was booked into the Polk County Jail last week. Steven Edward Knight, 40, of Corrigan, was charged with two felonies – exploitation of the elderly and forgery of a financial institution - elderly. Collectively, his 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 signed for the prescription medications on Feb. 9 at Brookshire Brothers and gave them to Knight, Gibson said.