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Published April 09 2012

Former girlfriend of O.J. Simpson accused of stealing pain meds

MOORHEAD – When a Moorhead woman noticed that nearly 300 tablets of her husband’s oxycodone went missing two months ago, she decided to install a surveillance camera in her home in case it happened again.

Last week, when more of the pain medication disappeared, the cameras were still in place, and police say the husband’s 37-year-old in-home nursing assistant was caught on tape stealing the pills.

According to documents filed Monday in Clay County District Court, when the man’s medication first went missing, the couple told police they suspected Christie Michelle Prody of Moorhead, a former girlfriend of O.J. Simpson and nursing assistant who had worked seven days a week in the house since January.

When police questioned Prody, she denied taking the medication, and a search of her home turned up no evidence, documents state.

So the couple took the matter into their own hands and installed a video camera aimed specifically at where the medication is kept in their home at 1819 10th Ave. N.

The couple wasn’t named in the complaint, and court records said the man suffers “several health-related conditions” without specifying his medical issues.

On Friday, the couple reported to police that after returning home from church that afternoon, they again discovered that some of the man’s medication was missing, this time a number of morphine and lorazepam pills.

Footage from the surveillance camera allegedly shows Prody stealing the morphine, as well as opening a bottle of lorazepam and putting a number of pills in her mouth before leaving the home, documents state.

When confronted with the video, Prody admitted to taking the medication and told investigators she did so because she is addicted to prescription pills, police allege in court records.

Prody is charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of theft and two counts of fifth-degree drug possession.

Court documents say she has a past criminal history that includes convictions for theft in Clay County in 2010 and fraud in Miami-Dade County in Florida in 2000.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535

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