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April 5, 2019: VA Medical Center Nurse Sentenced for Tampering with Hospital Prescriptions

April 5, 2019: VA Medical Center Nurse Sentenced for Tampering with Hospital Prescriptions

 

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             U.S. Department of Justice Press Release

 

 

For Immediate Release
April 5, 2019

United States Department of Justice

District of Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – A Veteran Affairs Medical Center nurse who admitted to tampering with and fraudulently obtaining morphine and other opioid prescriptions at the VA Medical Center in Providence has been ordered to serve 24 months in federal prison.

Jared Scott, 35, of West Warwick, admitted that on several occasions in October and November 2017, he accessed vials of liquid opioids designated for patient use.  Scott admitted to removing the vials from a locked storage cart and stealing the prescriptions for his own personal use, leaving behind vials filled with saline.

Scott pleaded guilty on December 7, 2018, with tampering with a consumer product and acquiring a controlled substance by deception and subterfuge.

At sentencing today, U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith sentenced Scott to 24 months in federal prison followed by a term of supervised release of 2 years.

Scott’s sentence is announced by United States Attorney Aaron L Weisman, Special Agent in Charge of the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General Sean J. Smith, Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center Police Chief John M. Thibodeau, and Resident Agent in Charge of the United States Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations Derek Roy.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Terrence P. Donnelly.

The matter was investigated by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General, Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center Police, and the United States Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations.

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Component(s): 

USAO - Rhode Island

Contact: 

Jim Martin (401) 490-1092

Press Release Number: 

19-35