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Lodge founder arrested over prescriptions

Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2012 12:00 am

SEGUIN — The founder of a local children’s shelter is facing charges that she doctored prescriptions for three different drugs.

Jennifer Raye Gilmer, also known as Jennifer Ficke, founder, board president and paid executive director for the The Children’s Lodge was arrested Thursday for allegedly trying to pass off forged prescriptions at a local pharmacy.

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  • Truth Not True posted at 9:56 am on Fri, Mar 2, 2012.

    Truth Not True Posts: 112

    Guadalupe County is going to get cleaned up, In the Name of Jesus!

  • Ed Tor posted at 4:04 pm on Wed, Feb 29, 2012.

    Ed Tor Posts: 35

    THE WIGGINS EFFECT -- "if the judge can get away with it, why not me?"

    ANYONE who has spent any time with dope-head Wiggins, or even passed in the hall regularly, the last five years is suspect to having known he was 'dirty.' You just can't hide that odor, and it clings to everything!

  • Someone posted at 8:16 am on Wed, Feb 29, 2012.

    Someone Posts: 1

    Everyone...let us deal with FACTS!

    FACT #1: Millions of people go through their daily lives and do not give children like this one thought. I applaud Ms. Ficke's attempt at trying to do something to assist these children. It is unfortunate she did not have the skills or the knowledge to properly care for these children. At least she tried. I hope others will try as well.

    FACT #2: Ms. Ficke obviously has some sort of problem. I have had personal encounters with her and my first thought was a mental health issue. Substance abuse did not come to mind, but they often go hand in hand. A person with a mental health issue does not always realize their problem and seeks the wrong medication to deal with it. People that are enabling Ms. Ficke MUST STOP NOW. Please assist her in finding the appropriate professional help.

    FACT #3: The government moves VERY slowly and often does not take action as they should. The fact that they took any action on this facility at all is a sign there was a huge problem there. We need to stop attacking the government for finally taking action to obtain appropriate care for these children. You can view the Licensing history of this program on the public website at It has things like:
    A staff used profane language to address a foster child when confronting the child about running away.
    A staff member did not have a criminal background check submitted or completed after being employed at the facility since June of 2011.
    Staff admitted to making inappropriate comments in the presence of school officials and law enforcement personnel regarding the residents.
    The case manager did not agree with or follow the plan for the children and according to the children encouraged them to run away so they could return to her care at the shelter. She admitted giving the children her card and cell phone numbers in order to call her if they didn't like their new placement.
    A member of the operation's administration has displayed poor boundaries when lying in bed over the covers to help keep the child calm at bedtime.This same staff plays with the child's hair and allows the child to play with hers.
    This same staff got into an argument with a child's managing conservator in front of the children. This resulted in a child having disruptive behavior.
    Another staff played an inappropriate game placing children at risk for safety. This happened while the children were being transported from an outing to the Operation. One child scraped their knee during this incident.

    Let us all be greatful this place is closed and hope if it reopens someone with the proper skills and knowledge is in place to run it.

  • Hailie1996 posted at 2:49 pm on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Hailie1996 Posts: 2

    Ex husband there still married.

  • georgef198M posted at 2:19 pm on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    georgef198M Posts: 4

    It is funny that Jennifer listed her name as Jennifer Raye Gilmer. I believe her name is Jennifer Ficke, the wife of ex Guadalupe County Sheriffs Office investigator Kevin Ficke. Being married to a peace officer and an investigator at that she knew what she was doing was illegal. The citizens of Guadalupe County should get rid of the people in power who abuse thier positions and in Jennifer's position of over seeing foster kids. How does anyone know Jennifer did not use the kids prescriptions to her personal gain as well. The problem is no body has any ethics anymore.

  • Hailie1996 posted at 2:08 pm on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Hailie1996 Posts: 2

    I was a child in the lodge and Mrs.Jennifer and all the staff really helped me. She did work hard hours she did all she could for us. Some of theses children were too much to handle i know why i was there a girl made a noose in attempt to kill herself. This is very stressful. I don't understand the people who are saying rude stuff when you dont even know her. I hope what happens to Mrs. Jenn is the correct thing. I hope that the lodge does get reopened. I have been in multiple shelters and this is by far the best. I hope someone else can step up and fufill the position in Mrs.Jenn can know longer do s.

  • deehaki posted at 12:14 pm on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    deehaki Posts: 120

    He must a friend of wiggens

  • agarcia posted at 11:35 am on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    agarcia Posts: 3

    Go take a look at her mug shot from when she was arrested, does she think she's taking a glamour shot!? Really!? who smiles like that when you get arrested for FRAUD!

  • Seriously posted at 11:09 am on Tue, Feb 28, 2012.

    Seriously Posts: 3

    No I was not one of the ones that was fired. Fortunately I was wise enough to get myself out of there before I was falsely accused of anything. I hope that this matter does get looked into deeper by Licensing and from what I hear it will be soon. A lot of the children removed from their homes are removed because of addicted parents. I wonder if there will be a case opened on her by CPS or if that to will get brushed under the rug. According to the affidavit all that medication was attempted to be filled within one week of the previous prescription filling. That is a lot of medication to be on and go through in one week. I hope people will step up and speak about the goings on with in the Shelter and how it was run. I hope the children who were placed there and did speak up, only to find themselves moved to another placement and falsely accused of things, will be sought out to speak up as well. I believe in the end the TRUTH will win!

  • from one who really knows posted at 11:45 pm on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

    from one who really knows Posts: 1

    Seriously I have worked in this business for many many many years, and have never seen kids respond to Jennifer the way they do. She is the best I've ever seen whe it comes to working w/ someone elses kids that have been abused, neglected, or left for y their own parents. So she made a mistake admitted it, move on.

    Since You definantely have the insight of her organization, b/c most likely you are one of the 3 she fired for stealing Lodge $, food, lying on the kids, or turned in falsified medical documentation yourself.

    Since you have all the answers, you should know the med books along w/ every other sheet of paper is audited by the State Licensing division any time. Also while u r knowing everything, she has no control nor does any other shelter have a choice where her kids come from, its a regional placement that decides that. So just more of your unknowing on display, and just to boot, yes the Lodge had Guad kids, but you would not know that, b/c u were already fired by then.
    So she committed a crime, she tried to get nose sprayfor headaches, hydroc. For a destroyed back, and ambian to sleep when she gets a chance to do so. I have not heard her or anyone else deny it, is that the problem, you think she is going to make all these excuses and reasons. SHE DID IT- leave her alone.

    But b/c of employees like the 2 or 3 of you writting in, her life wastorture. The kids are the best part of everyday she walks through the door, its free loading low lives like yourselves that have destroyed her.

    Get a life and take notes as she completly rebuilds hers!

    Since you seem to know what a beautiful family she has, you must also be the one who knows she made it , EVERY part of it, as well as the Lodge.

    Nobody took anything away from her, she was smart enough to shut it down herself, enough is enough, an she will be the one to see it through again,while you are still scamming the next employeer you all file unemployement

  • Sceptic22 posted at 9:36 pm on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

    Sceptic22 Posts: 52

    @redridemom. . .

    That’s how people WITHOUT MONEY find painkillers.
    People WITHOUT $150+ per.
    It is illegal. It is all danger, with out a doctor. You can get killed. You can get addicted. What else can a person do?
    That’s also how people without money find penicillin and antibiotics too. And that is illegal without doctors and without a $150+ and more.
    The other way is to go to the hospital and then you has to pay the taxpayers at a $2000 for one dose of painkiller or antibiotics.

  • Seriously posted at 3:05 pm on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

    Seriously Posts: 3

    Truth...none of the children placed at the Lodge were from Guadalupe or surrounding Counties. They were from Houston/San Antonio because of Jennifer's reputation with in CPS in this area... and people knew better.
    Truth...anytime any employee suspected something was wrong or questioned the way things were run over there they found themselves fired or forced to quit.
    Truth...there were children placed at the Lodge up until this past Friday and were removed and placed elsewhere.
    Truth...The Lodge did have qualified applicants apply for the Director position but for some reason where never even looked at or interviewed.
    Truth...yes the Lodge and the purpose it served is a valiant one and should still be pursued but not by Jennifer Ficke!
    Question...if she was working 120+ hrs a week and never took a day off then how can this incident have happened not while on the Lodge time clock?

  • redridermom217 posted at 2:12 pm on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

    redridermom217 Posts: 106

    The painkillers are not illegal - she attempted to obtain them by fraudulent means.

  • Sceptic22 posted at 12:57 pm on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

    Sceptic22 Posts: 52

    Some of these people are ready to take Jennifer Gilmer burned at the stake for witchcraft.
    Legal or illegal painkillers it is the same drugs. I know a local minister. He is in pain and he has been for many years, the same drugs as Gilmer has. Is he using legal hydrocodone/acetaminophen or is he using illegal hydrocodone/acetaminophen?
    Because he used it for years, he must be an addict user. (Does he know it?) If it is the illegal version did he suddenly started to use steal the pews in church at the same time he started to “use drugs”? Did he started to go crazy with hydrodon. . . and he wanted to kill his mother with an axe?
    Or was he normal and pain free. Can you tell the difference between the legal and the illegal versions? I am not telling. He is still giving marriages, going to funerals and helping people all day and often into the late night too. He is a minister. He also works part time.
    Legal or illegal that they are the same people in Seguin. The same bankers with painkillers, the same judges, the same plumbers, the same lawyers, the same policeman, the man next-door to YOUR house and the same painkillers.
    Some of them have money for a doctor and legal painkillers, many others of them don’t have the money for a doctor or a pharmacy so they find it illegally (and they might get an overdose or worse too).
    The same painkillers. The same people with pain in Seguin. THE SAME. And there are LOTS of them. Thousand of them in Seguin.

  • redridermom217 posted at 10:34 am on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

    redridermom217 Posts: 106

    So because someone is do-gooder spin doctor while out in the public, we should all look away when they commit a crime?

  • move on posted at 10:00 am on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

    move on Posts: 1

    I'm so sorry to hear this. Many of us have experience with addiction in one form or another either personally or in our families. Addiction knows no boundaries. It afflicts young and old, rich and poor. Personal status does not matter as we have seen. From the owner of the Spurs, former Presidents, members of Congress and the Senate to our local leaders like Jennifer, addiction is something that is constant in our society. So, treatment and prevention are the keys to keeping addiction from taking down our society. As I read all the calls for Jennifer’s head on a platter, I wonder why all those writing are not calling for Peter Holt’s resignation. Holt employs far more people and economically helps more than Jennifer will. Frankly, I am surprised that it is not more prevalent, especially in regards to pharmaceuticals. Prevention of addiction to medication is illusive because it is not widely available to the public. Those that have adverse side effects like addiction to that medication are at a disadvantage. Personally, I noticed those side effects when I was prescribed Oxycodone after a surgery. The medication helped manage the pain but then I noticed something else. I noticed that I was feeling bummed out because of my limited mobility after the surgery that lasted two months. Then I became aware that after taking the medication, I felt positive and was not bummed out anymore, almost euphoric compared to where I was with pain and limited mobility. I realized the power of Oxycodone was luring me into possible dependence on it. Other people that had taken that same medicine did not experience the same mood altering effects. I was starting to hoard them and was taking them for every little headache of an excuse. I no longer take the stuff, and as a side note, I was prescribed way too much for too long, and the doctor did not follow up on that aspect. I wish Jennifer and her family the best and I hope she continues her good work in the community. I see a lot of negative comments here and it is just like Guadalupe county to do that. Keep tearing down your society instead of building them up. Take out the good doers in your community and you leave a vacuum for the evil doers to grow and dwell. That’s why you have the drug, alcohol and gang problems in your small backwards community. Learn a lesson for the Iconic namesake of your county, Our Lady of Guadalupe and help lead all to Jesus. If not Jesus, just lead them to help. Jennifer was most in need in the days leading up to December 12, the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Blessed Virgin Mary imparts two lessons for us to learn, faith and understanding.

  • BBQ Man posted at 4:35 am on Mon, Feb 27, 2012.

    BBQ Man Posts: 253

    Sceptic - Slipped disc? really? They don't slip they herniate or rupture. Yes I have them also but I would never try to forge a prescript. That is criminal. But if it has to do with drugs you will be there to defend! We can count on that ![wink]

  • river rat posted at 11:10 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

    river rat Posts: 1

    Hi people of seguin i own the house that the lodge uses i think what jennifer is doing is good the kids that she is helping are your friends and neighbors kids i suppose you would have to be on the inside looking out to see that these kids have problems that may be to much to handle for some of the people who have worked there. I cant even think what her job must be like so dont judge her to harshly ,i hope they regroup and carry on there good work with the children. ps why dont you all get behind her she needs your help. thankyou.

  • Seriously posted at 9:17 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

    Seriously Posts: 3

    This is a very sad situation all around. This women has a beautiful family and has seriously manipulated those who supported her, the Lodge, and I am sure her family because of her addiction. All they need to do is get a hold of those Lodge med records before she does and they will find all they need. Also look into as why over 20+ people were hired then quit working there within only 9 months of the door having been open! They will find that it was not because of the stress of working with troubled kids but the stress of trying work with her erratic behavior, which now can be explained. The state (CPS) needs to find, talk to, and interview the children who have been placed there going all the way back to since it was opened and they will give enlightenment to how unsafe and chaotic the environment was over there. She is a liar and can not be trusted or felt sorry for!

  • agarcia posted at 8:08 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

    agarcia Posts: 3

    Sceptic22 all I have to say is BS!! there are different ways to go about dealing with back painwith or without insurance and what she did Is WRONG and ILLEGAL and SHOULD be punished just as anyone of us would. If she has an addiction problem then she needs to get herself help but what she did is wrong and needs to be punished just as others have!! There is NO excuse I don't care if she is a police officers wife she broke the law!

  • redridermom217 posted at 6:08 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

    redridermom217 Posts: 106

    Sounds like someone needs to conduct an audit of The Lodge. What she did was illegal and she should be charged.

  • Sceptic22 posted at 4:43 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

    Sceptic22 Posts: 52

    Whether a person with pain has insurance or not makes a big difference. If you have a slipped disk and you have health insurance the doctors can fix things. Surgeons can help you. And the doctors will help you with all the pain you need –usually. You can sleep, you can use the TV, and you can go to the bathroom without pain- again.
    If you DON’T have health insurance you are screwed. No hospital, no surgeon, no “your” doctor, no help. Just the hospital when it gets too painful. That’s happens in hospitals several time a day because of pain. You get one or two days from painkillers. Then the pain comes back. The doctor costs $150 to even talk to you. The pharmacy cost another $50. Because it is a narcotic the doctors cannot refill more than ones a month (usually). So you have to come back and back. The doctor IS worried about addicts and the doctors ARE worried law enforcement.
    Treatment for addicted pain-user is expensive. Many heath insurance will NOT allow treatment for addiction – even if it was caused by surgeons and a serious accident. So they suffer. That’s all they can do. OR they can find illegal sources. Not having you addict is very painful too.
    Rush Limbaugh has money, lawyers and health insurance so he gets rehab.
    Joe Smith gets prison for 5 years AND NO TREATMENT.

  • terro8 posted at 2:57 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

    terro8 Posts: 49

    Amen Finally. You are quite correct in your observations regarding this fiasco. DA McMinn will not pursue this case. These people carry "get out of jail free" cards. You have to belong to the exclusive "good old boys and girls" club have these benefits. Guadalupe Co is corrupt. If you have money you can buy your way out of anything. If you are poor forget it.

  • Finally posted at 1:54 pm on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

    Finally Posts: 19

    Her supporters have no need to fear. She is a police officers wife, it will never go farther than this public outing of her criminal activity.

    She will never be indicted. If it was anyone else, or if she was not white and not a police officers wife, she would be sitting in jail until she was indicted and punished to the full extent of the law. Mark my words..that's not gonna happen in her case. Poor her..overworked and underpaid..welcome to our world.

  • Seguinite88 posted at 11:20 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

    Seguinite88 Posts: 1

    I have previously worked for The Lodge and quit due to things going on by the children there AND by some of the employees there as well that I did NOT agree with. It is NOT easy to work there. There were times we would have people climbing on the roofs trying to jump off, being threatened with knives, getting beat up and so on and so forth, but a lot of the arguing and some things going on in The Lodge were due to things that were happening by The Lodge staff like favoritism, letting some of them smoke, take pills, giving pills to other residents that didn't belong to them and so forth. So yes, that job is VERY stressful and when she says she works"120-140 hours a week and that she didn't intent to run the place.." to me that means that her having to take all these pills ARE because of the job. She should be fired and The Lodge should be taken over by someone who is ABLE to do it. Yes, it was a good cause and she opened it for the right causes, but she was running it in ALL the wrong ways and she was doing a LOT of things wrong. The law is the law, whether they were her prescriptions or not. There is probably a reason why her Dr's wouldn't give her refills. She's addicted and needs help.

  • Tiredofitall posted at 10:53 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

    Tiredofitall Posts: 93

    here we go again! if you doing something illegal "STOP" if you can get the presciption legally from your doctor there must be a reason he won't prescribe it to you. Why do so many think everyone should just get a break from doing something illegal, "not glass houses" some of us DO live by the laws!

  • PeggyH posted at 8:13 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

    PeggyH Posts: 408

    Again, right is right and wrong is wrong. Taking pain killers to relieve pain isn't a crime but trying to pass fraudlent prescriptions is the crime. I have lived with chronic pain for several years. My physician will prescribe something IF he determines I've done all that I can do on my own. Pain killers take a special type of prescription and as a rule don't allow for a refill. I use what I call mind over matter while others refer to the method as biofeedback. What ever I'm doing at the time I recognize the pain I find something else to do that takes a higher level of concentration. This method works most of the time. Pain killers are necessity of life if someone is dealing with some chronic pains but there are limits to every situation. What disturbs me most about this article is that the person involved was working with disturbed/abused children. They deserve a calm atmosphere and a counselor's undivided attention. Which is worse, an administrator who's allegedly addicted to pain killers or an administrator of a youth organization that knowingly allows drug related probationers to serve out their community service time at the center? The administrator is hired by the board of directors of the non-profit organization. Her fate is now in the hands of the same board that hired her. Let's wait and see what happens.

  • Chumbucket posted at 3:50 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

    Chumbucket Posts: 40

    Why should she keep her job? How trust worthy is she or can we trust her again? your weird on how much you know about pain killers, doctor,police, and DEA.

  • Sceptic22 posted at 3:22 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

    Sceptic22 Posts: 52

    I hope Mrs. Gilmer keeps her job and I hope the judge lets her out and into a treatment – or enough painkillers. Sometime the damage in the back, or the cancer or the arthritis will never get cured. You need painkillers, even if they are narcotic, and if you become addict for life. Life goes on, even with addict with opiate drugs.
    It is a hard for police to deal with this. They are MANY quack doctors (with real doctor) trying to sell painkiller for money. “Pill mills” are real. Most of them are in the big cities. Smaller towns know the local doctors and the police -the same people.
    The problem is the DEA and highs level criminal justice people have decide they know more about painkiller than doctors. The medical community calls it "a war on pain doctors," “New DEA Statement Has Pain Doctors More Fearful” “Pain doctors and patients more fearful than before that they could be arrested for practicing what they consider good medicine. . . Pain-management experts have responded to the new notice with dismay, saying its provisions may well result in the denial of pain relief to millions of sufferers.” ” and many similar stories.
    On the other side, “DEA-Led Operation Pill Nation Targets Rogue Pain Clinics in South Florida” “Operation Pill Nation, “pill mills” are real and serious too. The DEA
    What do you think? If you or your friends have serious pain should the police get out of the way and use the doctors instead? What if the doctors are scared of the DEA and the police and they won’t give enough painkillers? If you say that then what about the quacks with “pill mills”? I say treatment for painkillers.

  • Chumbucket posted at 3:19 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

    Chumbucket Posts: 40

    SHAMEFUL!!! This has EVERYTHING to do with the Lodge ! She ojbviously can't handle job and is not fit to do so. And should be fired, before it does interfere with the care of the kids.

  • Sceptic22 posted at 1:50 am on Sun, Feb 26, 2012.

    Sceptic22 Posts: 52

    YOU could have the SAME thing. And when the pain is bad enough OR if you get addicted AFTER THE PAIN you will do anything to have it stop. Doctors are scared away from the police and doctors often will not get enough for pain. Morphine and heroin are the two of the best way to get out of pain. BUT heroin is illegal (legal in Canada, Europe and the Asia for pain). AND you can get addicted – which is OK if you gave long time serious pain. Move to Canada if you have the money for heroin.
    Rush Limbaugh had serious pain has money so he gets rehab and treatment. Courtney Love has money so she gets rehab treatment. Both have painkillers problems.
    Poorer people; people who can’t pay for a lawyer, people who can’t pay for treatment, get arrested and up to 10 years in prison painkillers. The prison IS the treatment.
    People who DON’T have pain and are just selling it, arrest them and in put them in prison.
    Recreational rarely use them. Throwing up, diarrhea and others are not fun.
    I thing we should use treatment all the time. No arrests and NO PRISON.
    Seguin Gazette; Tell them what it is. Not just “in pain”.

    BUTORPHANOL TARTRATE - NASAL This medication is used to treat moderate to severe pain, including pain from surgery. Butorphanol is a narcotic pain reliever similar to morphine. It acts on certain centers in the brain to give you pain relief.
    Hydrocodone/acetaminophen - oral, Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Vicodin. USES: This combination medication is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. It contains a narcotic pain reliever (hydrocodone) and a non-narcotic pain reliever (acetaminophen). Hydrocodone works in the brain to change how your body feels and responds to pain.
    Ambien As an anticonvulsant and muscle relaxant,