Police: Mt. Pleasant beating victim, son forged prescriptions
A woman who was severely beaten in a Hempfield car dealership in 1996 and her son are accused of new counts of passing or attempting to pass bogus prescriptions.
Naomi Bailey, 51, and David Bailey, 34, both of East Main Street, Mt. Pleasant, were charged on Monday with forgery, acquisition by misrepresentation, attempted forgery, possession of a controlled substance, criminal use of a communications facility and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.
They will be arraigned at a later date in Greensburg District Judge James Albert's office. City police expect to withdraw charges they filed against the pair from a Feb. 14 incident in the Rite Aid pharmacy on East Pittsburgh Street.
The latest charges stem from incidents on Feb. 13 and Feb. 14.
On Feb. 13, police said, Naomi Bailey used a bogus prescription in the pharmacy to obtain Xanax, a drug used to treat anxiety and panic attacks.
She returned the next day with a bogus prescription for roxicodone, a pain medicine, police said. Pharmacy staff became suspicious, told her to return later that day for the medicine and called police, who encountered her in the store.
Bailey attempted to walk past them quickly, police said.
Authorities stopped and questioned her, and Bailey explained she was trying to fill a prescription for a friend, according to court papers.
At the station, police found a nonprescription bottle with a “large quantity of Xanax pills” in Bailey's purse, according to an affidavit.
They also found an oxycodone pill and five prescription forms “that appeared to match the consistency of the fraudulent one given to Rite Aid,” police said.
Authorities charged David Bailey with working with his mother to pass or attempt to pass the bogus prescriptions and obtain the drugs. Police believe the pair used cellphones to organize their effort to obtain the drugs.
Earlier, authorities seized at least $26,000 from Naomi Bailey's PNC Bank account, and they confiscated another $4,000 from the pair the night of Feb. 14, according to court papers.
Naomi Bailey suffered serious injuries when security guard Ronald E. Sager repeatedly struck her over the head with the butt end of a sawed-off shotgun on Jan. 16, 1996, at Star Chevrolet on Route 30, where she worked as a cleaning person.
Sager, who said he was under orders from aliens to attack Bailey, is serving a 10- to 24-year sentence in SCI Cresson.
Bailey received what her attorney described as a “substantial settlement” in 2001 in her suit against Sager, Ranger Investigations and Security — the company Sager worked for — and the dealership. The terms of the settlement weren't divulged because of a confidentiality clause.
Neither Star nor Ranger admitted liability.
Duke George, the Baileys' attorney, declined comment, saying he had not seen the latest complaints.
Bob Stiles is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-836-6622 or firstname.lastname@example.org.