Tuesday, April 03, 2001

Nurse, friend face drug indictments


They called in false prescriptions to feed addictions, police charge

By Sheila McLaughlin
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LEBANON — A nurse who worked at various nursing homes and a woman police described as her friend were indicted Monday on charges that they called in false prescriptions to feed addictions to painkillers.

        Tonya Massey, 28, of Franklin faces three felony counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug. A Warren County grand jury handed up four of the same charges against Lisa L. Maillet, 40, of Hamilton. Each charge carries a sentence of six to 18 months in prison.

        Dennis Luken, an investigator with the Warren County Drug Task Force, said the two are accused of using anonymous patient names and the DEA license numbers from two doctors to obtain codeine and Vicodin from pharmacies in the Springboro and Dayton, Ohio, areas.

        Police have referred information about Ms. Massey's indictment to the Ohio Board of Nursing for possible sanctions against her nursing license, Detective Luken said.

        Marcia Straus, compliance manager with the state board, said Ms. Massey's license is valid and she can continue to work. “She hasn't pleaded guilty or been proven guilty yet,” Ms. Straus said.

        She said she could not discuss whether the nursing board is taking action against Ms. Massey's license because that information is confidential.

        The state agency has programs for drug-dependant nurses that temporarily suspends their licenses until they complete treatment, she said.

       



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