San Miguel woman allegedly forged elderly woman's checks, gave her Vicodin

A San Miguel woman was arrested Tuesday for allegedly forging checks totaling more than $12,000 and providing a 75-year-old woman with the prescription painkiller Vicodin, authorities said on Thursday.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's deputies arrested Jessica Anne Anderson, 29, and charged her with elder abuse, forgery and possession of a controlled substance for sale.

Anderson is reportedly the daughter of the woman’s caregiver. The names of the victim and the caregiver were not disclosed.

The 75-year-old woman was allegedly buying the drugs from Anderson, authorities said, though they didn’t disclose whether she had a prescription for the medication or whether all the money taken was intended for the drugs. Anderson allegedly stole the money from the victim by writing checks out to herself and a third party from the victim’s checkbook and then forging the victim’s signature, authorities said.

As of Thursday, Anderson was still booked in County Jail in lieu of $70,000 bail.

The alleged crimes took place in December at the victim’s home in Templeton, authorities said. Officials said the incident is also being overseen by Adult Protective Services, an agency that investigates the welfare of elderly and disabled adults.