A former certified nurse anesthetist at Ann Arbor VA Medical Center was sentenced on Nov. 9 to three years probation for stealing controlled substances, including several types of opioids, from hospital dispensers, the acting prosecutor said of the United States, Saima S. Mohsin, in a statement. Press release.
While Elizabeth Prophitt, 39, of Saline, Michigan, was initially charged with 25 counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, misrepresentation or deception, she pleaded guilty to just five counts of ‘obtaining controlled substances through fraud, misrepresentation or deception, according to the plea deal she signed on July 8.
Prophitt also agreed to pay the VA $ 1,482.90 in restitution, according to court documents.
Prophitt used his position from July 2018 to February 2019 as a surgical nurse to steal over 2,200 vials of Schedule II and IV controlled substances – drugs classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as having highly addictive properties that are susceptible to abuse. These controlled substances included fentanyl, hydromorphone and morphine.
In order to access drugs for his own use, Prophitt falsified patient records, misusing patients’ personal information. Prophitt went to the hospital on off-schedule or after-hours days, often stealing the vials directly from the hospital’s substance distribution systems.
“We will not tolerate medical professionals stealing controlled substances intended for the care of our country’s veterans,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Gavin McClaren of the Inspector’s Central Office for Veterans Affairs. general.
The case was continued by Assistant United States Attorney Brandy R. McMillion, Deputy Head of the Department of Justice’s Healthcare Fraud Enforcement Unit.
The investigation into Prophitt was conducted by special agents from the VA’s OIG and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Rachel is a Marine Corps veteran, Penn State alumnus, and a New York University master’s degree candidate for business and economics reports.