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SJ deputy arrested for prescription fraud

 

BY VALERIE REDDELL
Editor
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LIVINGSTON — The Narcotics Division of the Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce has made yet another arrest in connection with an investigation of a local pharmacy and physician’s offi ce that has been under way since June. The latest arrestee is San Jacinto County Deputy Sheriff Anthony Keith Yaw, who was arrested Tuesday by Lt. Andy Lowrie of P.C.S.O. on a third-degree felony charge of fraudulent possession of a controlled substance. A total of 12 people have been arrested during this investigation, including Dana Turner, who Lowrie described as Yaw’s girlfriend. Turner worked as the offi ce manager in the doctor’s offi ce and is charged with several counts of prescription fraud. She is currently out on bond. According to a statement released by Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce, a deputy was checking names associated with employees at the two businesses through a state database and Yaw’s name appeared with a prescription he fi lled for hydrocodone medication. The medicine had not been authorized or given to him by the doctor. In an affi davit fi led to obtain an arrest warrant from Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Darrell Longino, Lowrie made a sworn statement that Yaw fi lled a prescription for 90 hydrocodone pills at Loper’s Pharmarcy in Polk County on April 13, 2001. “The defendant was not seen by (the doctor whose signature appeared on the prescription) and (the doctor) had not written or authorized the medication to be fi lled,” the affi davit said. The Polk County Enterprise has redacted the physician’s name because he has not been charged with any offense and the Texas Board of Medical Examiners said Friday that no disciplinary action is pending against him. That physician had prescribed other types of pain medication for Yaw, but never hydrocodone, according to the affidavit. P.C.S.O. emphasizes that Yaw’s arrest should not reflect on any other deputy working with or assigned to the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office. Shortly after the arrest, San Jacinto County Sheriff James L. Walters issued a press release stating the deputy had been placed on administrative leave without pay on Oct. 4. “Deputy Yaw has worked for the SJC Sheriff’s Department since July 2009 and has been an excellent employee,” Walters said. “Since this is an open case, I cannot make further comment.”

 

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