Woman may have falsified custody drug tests in Pike County
A Clopton woman suspected in a scheme to falsify drug tests may have also impacted cases in Pike County according to officials.
Dale County District Attorney Kirke Adams said the initial complaint actually came from Pike County.
“That complaint started it all,” Adams said. “The woman actually called the doctor whose signature was on the drug test and the doctor said he did not approve the test.”
The complaint helped launch an investigation that has already produced two misdemeanor charges of fourth-degree forgery against Brandy Murrah in Ozark, who turned herself in and was released on bond.
According to records, Murrah’s business, A&J Lab Collections, was based in Ozark, although officials with the City of Ozark said no business license existed for the company.
Adams said the investigation could lead to numerous more charges against Murrah.
“From the ongoing investigation, it appears that there will be multiple other charges including forgery, theft and perjury,” Adams said. “As the investigation unfolds, other charges could be coming from information that the (Ozark) police department is receiving.”
The case crosses multiple jurisdictions, Adams said, as Murrah reportedly worked with Departments of Human Resources across the Wiregrass area. The doctor whose signature was allegedly forged on the drug tests operates in Jacksonville and filed a report for identity theft with police there.
Murrah’s attorney, David Harrison, confirmed to media outlets that Murrah worked with DHR in Pike County as well as Crenshaw, Dale, Henry and Houston counties.
Harrison could not be reached for comment Friday on this story.
Adams said it’s a “horrible situation” if the allegations are true.
“To put families and people and children with drug testing that wasn’t done, and then report to the court as it was performed, it influences judges’ decisions on what to do with the children,” Adams said.
Murrah specifically worked with DHR, Adams said, and did not provide drug testing for criminal cases or probation.
“All the other agencies that she tested for have been alerted and will be conducting their own individual investigations, and then we can put our heads together,” Adams said.
Officials at the Pike County DHR declined to comment.