Wednesday, January 4, 2006

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Nacogdoches Nurse Sentenced For Document Tampering, Stealing Drugs

NACOGDOCHES - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) conducted an investigation that resulted in the guilty plea and sentencing of a licensed vocational nurse formerly employed at the Willowbrook Nursing Center.

Sarah A. Winder, 46, was sentenced to seven years probation for illegally obtaining quantities of the prescription pain killer hydrocodone that were intended for home residents. MFCU investigators said Winder confessed to destroying resident narcotic count sheets to conceal her actions.

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She was convicted of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and tampering with a government document, both felony offenses.

In addition to probation, she must complete 600 hours of community service and pay a $4,000 fine, plus court costs. She is prohibited from seeking employment in the health care field for the duration of her probation period.

She was sentenced on Dec. 22 after pleading guilty in November. Nacogdoches County Assistant District Attorney Nico Bridgwaters prosecuted the case.

To obtain more information about the Attorney General’s efforts to fight Medicaid fraud, access the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.