A medical professional at an area hospital in Carthage, New York, has been arrested and charged with 69 counts including 9 felonies in connection with suspected perscription drug ring.
Nurse Emilia D. Tehonica, 33, allegedly falsified numerous hospital documents in an effort to steal tightly controlled drugs including morphine, Percocet, Vicodin and Ativan IV, according to the Watertown Daily Times. The most serious charges that Tehonica faces are first degree falsifying business records and fifth degree criminal possession of stolen property.
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A grand jury in Jefferson County Court handed down Tehonica’s indictment this week, the contents of which assert that the accused gamed Carthage Area Hospital’s automated medication dispensing system to gain control of the drugs. After obtaining the drugs from the hospital pharmacy, Tehonica allegedly dispensed them to additional involved parties.
All four pain medications stolen by Tehonica are highly addicting and illegal to sell without a prescription.