Former nurse pleads to getting drugs through fraud
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A former registered nurse who used to work at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital has pleaded to charges concerning fraudulently obtaining drugs.
According to a release, 36-year-old Angelica Franklin of Chesterfield pleaded guilty on Monday to obtaining controlled substances, fentanyl and hydromorphone, by fraud.
She waived her right to be indicted and pleaded to one count of acquiring or obtaining controlled substances by misrepresentation by fraud, forgery or deception.
Court documents show Franklin was registered with the Virginia Department of Health Professions Board of Nursing and started to work at the MJH’s Emergency Department on Aug. 16, 2021.
She admitted in court that in September 2021, she intentionally entered fraudulent verbal orders for fentanyl and hydromorphone into the hospital's electronic medical records system on behalf of physicians who did not actually issue such orders.
Franklin then obtained the drugs through the hospital's automated dispensing cabinet but did not administer any of them to patients.
Additionally, Franklin admitted to unlawfully obtaining several controlled substances, including fentanyl, hydromorphone, oxycodone and alprazolam, while she worked as a nurse at three health care facilities in the Richmond area, including Stony Point Surgery Center, Vibra Hospital and the Laurels of Willow Creek.
The release says she unlawfully obtained about 1,450 micrograms of fentanyl, 80 milligrams of hydromorphone, 3,600 milligrams of oxycodone and 14 milligrams of alprazolam across all of the impacted facilities.
Franklin will be sentenced in November and faces up to four years in prison.