Former Probation Officer Faces Charges of Stealing Pills and Puppy

Ruby Maddox, 34, faces eight counts related to drug possession, larceny and misconduct (photo courtesy of thetrib.com).
Ruby Maddox, 34, faces eight counts related to drug possession, larceny and misconduct (photo courtesy of thetrib.com).

A former probation officer accused of stealing prescription pain medicine, and a puppy, from one of her probationers has been formally charged.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that 34-year-old Ruby Maddox, formerly a probation officer for the Wyoming Department of Corrections, appeared in Natrona County Circuit Court on Friday. Maddox was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, four counts of larceny and one count official misconduct.

Maddox is accused of stealing hydrocodone-based pain pills from one of her probationers on two occasions and later convincing the woman that she should give up her puppy. Court records show that Maddox's probationer had been prescribed the pills for dental pain and immediately notified Maddox of her new prescription, as required by probationers if prescribed controlled substances. Maddox allegedly came over to inspect the pills and spilled them on the floor. The next day, the probationer said she counted the pills after noticing the bottle was emptier than before Maddox visited.

Maddox had been under investigation by the Correction Department's Internal Affairs Division for some time, according to court records.

Department of Corrections Public Information Officer Tim Lockwood told Megan Cassidy of the Casper Star-Tribune that all prospective employees are given drug tests that include the detection of Schedule II drugs. Hydrocodone-based pain pills like Vicodin are classified as Schedule III narcotics.

To read Megan Cassidy's full story on the case, visit http://trib.com/news/local/caspe....

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