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Mason City ER nurse pleads guilty to stealing patient pain medications

Moorehead worked at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton from March of 2012 to March of 2017.

Posted: Aug 14, 2018 10:19 AM
Updated: Aug 15, 2018 7:09 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa – An ER nurse accused of stealing patient pain medications has pled guilty.
James Allen Moorehead, 58, of Mason City, pled guilty to one count of acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, deception, or subterfuge, one count of false statements relating to health care matters, and one count of aggravated identity theft.
“In a plea agreement, Moorehead admitted that, while employed at Franklin General Hospital in Hampton, Iowa, as a registered nurse in 2016 and 2017, he used patient identities to obtain controlled substances, specifically pills containing hydrocodone, by accessing their prescribed medication in the hospital’s system, and diverting those pain pills to himself. Moorehead concealed his scheme by falsely representing in medical records that the medications were actually administered to the patients and by giving his patients Tylenol instead of their prescribed medications,” a press release issued Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Justice stated.
Moorehead worked at Franklin General Hospital from March of 2012 to March of 2017.
He previously lost his nursing license in 2008 for stealing opioids from North Iowa Mercy Health Center and Genesis Health Center. He recovered his nursing license in 2011. 
Moorehead faces a mandatory minimum sentence of two years imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of 11 years imprisonment, a $750,000 fine, and five years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

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