Woman Forges Doctor's Note to Free Jailed Criminal Boyfriend, Doesn't Go Well for Her


Patrick LaBranche was arrested in 2016 for trafficking illegal drugs and driving without a license. In February, he was booked into Rogers County jail in Oklahoma.

His girlfriend, Kay Abney, seemed to be more concerned about LaBranche being in jail than the crimes he committed. She voiced these concerns with the staff at the jail.

She believed her boyfriend had a medical condition that wasn’t being cared for properly. Rogers County sheriff, Scott Walton, spoke of the couple to KOTV.

“No stranger to the Rogers County Sheriff’s Department, Rogers County jail. What I would refer to as a parasite to the community, as I would say, both of them are,” he stated.

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Part of that parasitic presence included Abney pretending to be a doctor in the community. She must have brainstormed ways to get her boyfriend out of jail, and a forged doctor’s note was her best option.

It works in some other cases. Plenty of students have forged their parents’ signatures or a doctor’s note to get them out of class, but this particular act was classless.

Abney pretended to be a Dr. Carl Smith from Utica Park Clinic.

She wrote a letter under the guise that Smith was LaBranche’s doctor advising staff at the jail about how his presence behind bars would affect his health.

According to KOTV, the letter read, “It is my professional and medical opinion that the environment […] will lead to Mr. LaBranche to have more medical problems that can not be reversed he will get worse and die.”

Not even a teacher would have been fooled by the wording in that statement.

Unsurprisingly, the decision to fax that letter to the jail did not go well for her. In fact, she basically turned herself over.

Walton confirmed that the letter was forged after getting in contact with the man who really was Dr. Carl Smith.

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LaBranche had never been the doctor’s patient. The real doctor then sent a letter confirming the first letter under his name was a “forged instrument.”

Abney denied forging the letter. She claimed that it came from Hillcrest Hospital.

Forgery and conspiracy to commit a felony were the charges she faced. Abney was able to post bond, however.

The doctor’s note was a failed attempt at getting her boyfriend out of jail. The act of forgery was criminal, but Walton also admitted it was pretty creative, though completely unsuccessful.

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Carolyn Fultz is a former contributor for Liftable Media. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Hope College.
Carolyn Fultz is a former contributor for Liftable Media. She holds a B.A. in Communication from Hope College. Carolyn's writing has been featured in both online and print media, including Just Between Us magazine. She resides in Phoenix with her husband and children.
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