THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS
Ken Paxton

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Attorney General Abbott Announces Felony Charges Against Women In Haskell, Sweetwater

AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today noted the arrests of two women in separate incidents stemming from alleged illegal activities at Medicaid-covered nursing homes in West Texas cities.

Alexy Denise Lampe, 32, of Haskell, faces charges of seriously injuring an elderly person at the Brazos Valley Care Home in Knox City, while Debra Pugh Doss, 45, of Sweetwater, is charged with scheming to steal trust fund money belonging to residents at the Roscoe Heath Care Center in Nolan County.

Texans demand that the disabled and elderly receive the best care available, and the law is clear that the justice system can be used effectively to weed out the bad apples, said Attorney General Abbott. I will not tolerate these kinds of abuses against those who deserve quality care.

Lampe, a licensed vocational nurse, turned herself in to authorities in Haskell on Tuesday. According to the investigation, she allegedly gave a disabled nursing home resident an enema using tap water as hot as 115 degrees Fahrenheit, although two nurse aides warned that the water was far too hot to use in such a delicate procedure. Lampe ignored their cautions, and the disabled resident sustained second-degree burns as a result. A Knox County grand jury returned an indictment against Lampe on Oct. 19, charging her with a third-degree felony.

On Oct. 18 a Nolan County grand jury indicted Doss on felony forgery charges. She was arrested Tuesday at her current place of employment in Abilene on a warrant for an alleged scheme to co-endorse her signature on Social Security checks belonging to residents at the Roscoe care home. Doss, the home’s former office manager, allegedly cashed checks totaling almost $25,000. In addition, Doss is alleged to have forged the current facility administrator’s signature, as well as past administrators’ signatures, on petty cash and residential trust fund checks, which were made payable to her personally.

Knox County District Attorney David Hajek and Nolan County Assistant District Attorney Ann Reed will prosecute these cases, respectively.

To obtain more information about the Attorney General’s efforts to fight Medicaid fraud, access the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.