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April 25, 2012: Nurse Sentenced for Stealing Vicodin from Patients


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Food and Drug Administration 
Office of Criminal Investigations




             U.S. Department of Justice Press Release



For Immediate Release
April 25, 2012


United States Attorney  

District of Minnesota

Contact: Jeanne F. Cooney

Director of Community Relations

(612) 664-5611



            MINNEAPOLIS – Earlier today in federal court, a nurse formerly employed at an assisted living facility was sentenced for stealing Vicodin from patients. United States District Court Judge Joan N. Ericksen sentenced Travis Alan Bourbonnais, age 36, of St. Paul, to four years of probation, including six months in a halfway house and 100 hours of community service, on one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Bourbonnais was indicted on June 21, 2011, and pleaded guilty on November 3, 2011.


            In his plea agreement, Bourbonnais admitted that from May to August of 2010, he stole Vicodin and created a fraudulent narcotics record book to conceal the missing drugs. The pills stolen often came from inventory intended for destruction or medication orders for amounts in excess of what was truly needed by the patients.


            This case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration- Office of Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Minneapolis Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly A. Svendsen.