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Former Highland Nursing Home LPN charged with stealing pain meds

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MASSENA - A former licensed practical nurse at the Highland Nursing Home faces nine felony charges and a host of misdemeanor counts following an investigation into allegations of drug diversion at the facility.

The state Attorney General’s Office charged Amanda A. Montgomery 35, of Reed Drive, Massena, with four felony counts of first-degree falsifying business records and five felony counts of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person.

Ms. Montgomery was also charged with six counts of petit larceny, four counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and four counts of willful violation of health laws. Those charges are all misdemeanors.

She was arraigned in Town Court and released on her own recognizance.

Investigators with the state attorney general’s Medicaid Fraud Unit said Ms. Montgomery allegedly falsified records to state she had given pain medications to patients when she had stolen them and taken them herself.

She allegedly reported she had given pain medications to patients who had been receiving them on an as-needed basis while other medical care providers reported during that same time period they had been able to control those patients’ pain without narcotics.

The investigator’s report noted a narcotic pill count on Jan. 13 revealed a blister pack of the narcotic Dilaudid contained two pills of an unknown medicine and the back of the pack had been taped over. The investigation discovered nine more pills that had been switched in blister packs.

Co-workers also told investigators they had seen her taking painkillers at work.

In a document filed in court records, Special Investigator Scott D. Petucci said, “She admitted using approximately 20 Percoset and Vicodin tablets per day and ingesting them herself.”

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