Former Nursing Home Employee Was Stealing Medication for Her Son to Sell

A woman pleaded guilty Monday to stealing prescription drugs from a nursing home for her son to sell.  The 46-year-old woman started working as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) for the nursing home in November 2008. In August of 2009, rather than  disposing of medicines patients refused to take, she began taking them home and passing them along to her son to sell.

The Assistant Prosecutor in the case told the court the stealing went on for about two months and included Ativan, Xanax, Lortab and morphine.The nursing home fired the former nurse shortly after the investigation. The woman told the court that she never explicitly told her son to sell the drugs but left them for her son to find, knowing that would be the result. Despite her testimony she pleaded guilty to possessing a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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