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June 3, 2013

A former Morrilton, Arkansas nurse admitted earlier this month to stealing a resident’s pain pills, which is considered a form of nursing home abuse in Arkansas. She plead guilty in a Conway County Circuit Court to a felony charge of obtaining drugs by fraud.

According to court documents, Mary Carlene Burns, 46, worked as a nurse supervisor at the Brookridge Cove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. While at work, she removed prescription Oxycodone pills out of a resident’s bottle and replaced them with over-the-counter pills. She then used the Oxycodone for her own personal use.

A Medicaid Fraud Unit investigator questioned Burns after a male resident of the nursing home stated on three different occasions that he was receiving the wrong medication. Burns readily admitted to the investigator that she had taken the resident’s medication and used it for herself.

On May 15, Burns was convicted of a Class C felony, fined $3,095, and sentenced to three years of probation. Her driver’s license was also suspended for six months. Before she plead guilty, she gave up her Arkansas nursing license.

Medicaid urges anyone who knows of nursing home abuse and/or neglect to contact the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 866-810-0016.

Keep in mind that if you or a loved one have been victim to nursing home abuse, an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer may be able to assist you. At McIver Brown law firm, our leading Texas nursing home abuse attorneys have helped numerous of victims of abuse and neglect, and would be happy to provide you with a free consultation.


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