A Bolivar County nurse has been arrested and charged with taking drugs from patients at the hospice where she worked, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Linda T. Kittle, age 56, of Cleveland, a registered nurse (RN) and formerly Director of Nursing at Grace Community Hospice in Hollandale, turned herself in to Bolivar County authorities on Monday. Her arrest follows indictment by the Bolivar County Grand Jury on two counts of "obtaining a controlled substance by means of fraud…". The indictment alleges in each count that Kittle took possession of sixty (60) tablets of the drug Oxycodone, a controlled substance, by obtaining a physician's prescription for a patient, filling it at a local pharmacy and then converting it to her own use.
Kittle waived arraignment on the indictment, entered a plea of not guilty, and was released on her own recognizance pending trial. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years behind bars. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case is being investigated by Eddie Boyd of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Prosecution of the case will be handled by Special Assistant Attorney General Garland Lyell.
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