Former Warren County Hospice Nurse Charged With Stealing Controlled Substances
WARREN, Pa. — A former hospice nurse in Warren County faces charges that she filled prescriptions for patients and then stole the substances – morphine, ritalin and oxycodone.
The Pennsylvania Bureau of Narcotics Investigation under the Office of the Attorney General filed charges against Michele L. Wills, 55, 24 Walnut St. of Warren, Pa., this week.
She faces a total of seven counts in connection with the conduct that is alleged to have occurred last July.
The investigation by law enforcement dates to August when Hospice of Warren County staff contacted the Office of the Attorney General to report that “an internal investigation” into Wills’ “suspected drug diversion” had resulted in her being terminated after a positive drug test.
Investigators allege that there were three incidents of diverted medication – two where “Wills had used emergency pre-authorized prescriptions to obtain medications” and the other where she “refilled a patient’s medications when it was not necessary,” according to the affidavit of probable cause.
The affidavit states that none of the three patients involved were harmed by Wills’ actions
She was arraigned by District Judge Raymond Zydonik and released on $15,000 unsecured bond.