Nurse's Assistant Charged With Theft and Neglect of Elderly

A woman was sentenced to serve time in jail last week after stealing painkiller patches from the nursing home where she was employed. The 30 year old Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) was charged with theft and neglect in April after allegedly stealing nine painkiller patches from nursing home patients while working at the home. The woman admitted to taking the Duragesic patches from four mentally and physically impaired patients. She pleaded guilty to one felony theft charge and a criminal neglect charge. Last week she was sentenced to120 days in jailand was credited for 67 days served.

Staff members at the nursing home said they began to notice missing patches, that contain the narcotic, Fentanyl (a powerful pain medication also known as Duragesic), last October and the trend continued through January. The administration began to monitor the application and removal of the pain patches and the CNA was the only suspect. Once they had investigated, they contacted police. Following the 120 day jail sentence, the woman must also complete five years of supervised probation. For more, read the story.


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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