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Nurses Accused Of Stealing From Senior Home Residents

Reported: Apr. 17, 2014 11:18 PM EDT
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HURRICANE, W.Va. (Katy Brown) -- When you put your loved ones in any type of senior living home, you expect them to be cared for and surrounded by people you can trust.

But in Putnam County two nurses at Broadmoore Senior Living are accused of stealing from the residents.

On Thursday, Putnam County deputies arrested Felicia Hazlett and Angela McCourry. Both were nurses at the facility and both charged with fraudulently obtaining controlled substances.

The controlled substance was a medication used to treat anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It was also a medication given to many of those living at this center.

Deputies said their investigation revealed the two nurses had recorded giving medication to two patients when actually they hadn't.

That was proven by testing those patients and the results of those tests showed they'd never taken the drug, police said.

"When something like this happens, obviously a red flag goes up. This is not something that we see often," Deputy. D.A. Hammonds, with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, said. "However, just because it goes unreported that doesn't mean it doesn't occur."

According to court documents, deputies said family members never saw their loved ones refuse or spit out their medication.

Also in the complaint, other nurses in the home told deputies they never had problems with the specific patients and giving them their medication.

"This was an isolated incident in which the business with the facility to every precaution keeping in mind the well-being of their patients," Hammonds said.

Now, with two nurses waiting for their day in court, Putnam County deputies said this behavior is something they will not tolerate.

"The entire situation is disheartening," Hammonds said. "People put their loved ones in these facilities, you know, trusting individuals to take care of them to make sure their medication is administered routinely and that they're receiving the best treatment possible."

Both of the accused nurses made bond before being taken to jail.

Eyewitness News reached out to the executive director of the nursing home, but she declined to comment on the situation



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