TX: Kerrville VA Medical Center Pharmacy Technician Arrested for Stealing Prescribed Narcotics from the U.S. Mail

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Federal authorities have charged a pharmacy technician at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Kerrville (VAMC) with stealing hydrocodone and oxycodone prescriptions from the VAMC mailroom and from mailboxes at some 40 locations in Kerrville, Ingram and Center Point.

A federal criminal complaint charges 35-year-old Kerrville resident Scott M. Brown with one count of theft of U.S. Mail.  According to the complaint, the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office received several theft reports from victims beginning in March 2021.  Victims reported that their prescriptions sent from the VAMC were missing.  According to the complaint, Brown allegedly stole packaged narcotics from inside the VAMC mailroom as well as residential mailboxes between March and April 2021.

U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, Houston Field Office; U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) Inspector in Charge Adrian Gonzalez, Houston Division; U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VAOIG) Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Breen, South Central Field Office; and Kerr County Sheriff L.L. Leitha made today’s announcement.

Upon conviction, Brown faces up to five years in federal prison.  He remains in custody awaiting a detention hearing scheduled for 10:45 a.m. on Monday in San Antonio before U.S Magistrate Judge Henry Bemporad.

The DEA, USPIS, VAOIG and the Kerr County Sheriff’s Office are investigating this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Priscilla Garcia is prosecuting this case.

A criminal complaint is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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