Former UK Nurse Accused of Stealing Painkillers
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A grand jury has indicted a former University of Kentucky Hospital nurse who is accused of stealing the painkiller fentanyl from the hospital by creating fake patient names.
Media reports say 36-year-old Richard L. Edwards of Lexington was indicted this week on 22 counts of criminal falsification of medical records and one count of theft. Each count is a felony punishable by one to five years in prison.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Edwards had no comment Tuesday when contacted by phone.
The indictment says the falsifications occurred in August.
Edwards was a registered nurse in the emergency department.
A complaint warrant said Edwards “created fake patient names and withdrew fentanyl” from a machine that dispenses medicines to restricted personnel. The warrant says the value of the stolen medication totaled $1,052.34.
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