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Lower bond request denied for office manager in prescription fraud investigation

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The Tyler medical office manager who was arrested last week was in court Friday morning, trying to get her bond reduced.

Melissa York, 48, is charged with fraudulent possession of a controlled substance by forgery. She has been held in the Smith County Jail on a $120,000 bond since last Wednesday.

In the courtroom Friday, Judge Kerry Russell said York was accused of stealing 9,400 hydrocodone pills in a four year period. Therefore, he said he did not think a $120,000 bond was unreasonable.

However, Friday, York's attorney said she contacted law enforcement herself when she suspected someone was using her name to call in prescriptions. York's attorney, Tab Lawhorn, explained why Friday's bond hearing was unlike most.

"I felt like today was a unique situation because of that raw emotion that was emanating from the stand as the husband was testifying about his wife. That's not something you see every day in a bond hearing" says Lawhorn.

York's husband testified that she was their family's only source of income and his caretaker.

"We were asking the court to consider her strong ties to the community. We were also asking the court to consider the needs of her family. Her husband medically needs her," says Lawhorn.

The doctor, Gregory Terrell, was also arrested and charged with diversion of a controlled substance. Last Wednesday, Department of Public Safety officials and the Drug Enforcement Administration arrested Terrell at his Tyler office. While Terrell is still in jail, his bond is set at $50,000-- that's less than half of York's

"Judge Russell is a very fair judge... he always has been. But we're disappointed that the doctor in this case has a bond that's significantly lower than the physician's staff manager," says Lawhorn.

Friday in court, the State said Terrell will likely be prosecuted by federal authorities and that the Drug Enforcement Administration could file more charges against him.

York may appeal the judge's decision to deny her request for a lower bond.

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