Three women — one of whom was a medical assistant at a College Station hospital — accused of prescription forgery were among 37 people indicted on felony charges Thursday by a Brazos County grand jury.
A 28-year-old man was indicted on first-degree felony drug charges, punishable by up to 99 years in prison.
An indictment by grand jury is not an indication of guilt. Grand jurors meet twice monthly to determine whether there is enough evidence to move forward with prosecution in a case.
• According to police, a medical assistant to a doctor at what is now known as CHI St. Joseph Health — College Station Hospital was believed to have written prescriptions without permission from her boss. Hospital officials suspected Nicole Marie Carter, 35, had, over the course of two years, sent more than 70 prescriptions to local pharmacies without proper authorization. The representative believed 28-year-old Tamara Shea Murphy, who was not associated with the hospital, was also involved, police said. The report was made in January.
Records from the hospital were presented to police and confirmed that on Dec. 17, a prescription for hydrocodone-acetaminophen was sent to a local Walgreens under the name of Tamara Murphy via the doctor’s credentials, though records showed Murphy had never been a patient of this doctor.
These records also showed that on July 11, 2018, a prescription for the pain reliever tramadol and for hydrocodone had been sent to the same Walgreens under Murphy’s name. The latter prescriptions had been sent using Carter’s hospital login information, authorities said.
Murphy was arrested on May 8 with a bond of $5,000 and was indicted Thursday on charges of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance Schedule II, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $10,000 in fines. She remains in the Brazos County Jail.
Carter was also indicted Thursday and charged with two counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance Schedule II, as well as intent to commit such a fraud. She was released from jail on July 25 on a $10,000 bond.
A third woman, April Jay Murphy, 34, was indicted on a charge of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance Schedule II, though information on her case was not immediately available. She was released from the Brazos County Jail on July 25 on a $5,000 bond.
• Also indicted on Thursday was 28-year-old Kenneth Chappell of Hearne. Authorities said on July 5, state troopers found nine bags of suspected methamphetamine in his car.
According to the Department of Public Safety, around 5 p.m. on July 5, two state troopers patrolling Sandy Point Road in Bryan noticed a car with a blown tire stopped on the side of the road and stopped to help. A report notes the driver, Chappell, appeared to be nervous and did not make eye contact with the troopers. Dispatch told the troopers Chappell had two warrants out of Robertson County.
A report noted that Chappell eventually admitted he had methamphetamine and marijuana in the car. Troopers searched the vehicle and found marijuana, a pipe and nine plastic bags of what is believed to be meth, authorities said.
Chappell was indicted Thursday on charges of manufacturing or delivery of more than four grams of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison.
He remains in the Brazos County Jail on $21,700 bond.