Sentencing continued for Lakewood nurse who pleaded guilty to stealing prescription drugs from patients

Sentencing continued for Lakewood nurse who pleaded guilty to stealing prescription drugs from patients
(Source: Cuyahoga County Jail)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A former nurse for a Lakewood nursing facility was scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday morning for theft and drug possession, but her hearing was continued to a later date.

Michelle Brown pleaded guilty to the crimes on Jan. 14.

Brown stole drugs from patients while she was working at the Crestmont North Nursing Facility on Detroit Road, according to investigators.

On March 1 and March 7, 2019, Brown removed bottles of morphine and hydromorphone from a medication cart that was prescribed for patients of the facility.

She then removed a portion of opiate liquid and added water to bottles in an attempt to conceal the theft by diluting the drugs.

On May 7, 2019, Brown was indicted for stealing patients’ prescribed drugs.

“This defendant took advantage of her position as a nurse to illicitly obtain drugs and tried to conceal the evidence. In doing so, she placed innocent patients at risk by tampering with their medication. We will seek an appropriate punishment,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley said.

Brown’s sentencing is now scheduled for Feb. 19.

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