LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police officers arrested a 41-year-old former nurse at Stone Leigh Estates Nursing Home who allegedly stole 89 Hydrocodone pills that were supposed to be destroyed after a patient of the facility was taken to the hospital back in August.
Sheena Deanne Wells, of Lufkin, was charged with fraudulent delivery of a controlled substance/prescription and booked into the Angelina County Jail on Tuesday. She posted a bail of $3,500 and was released later that day.
"The defendant then did then and there knowingly obtained controlled substance by misrepresentation, fraud, deception, or subterfuge by omitting material information from a report, record, or other document required to be kept or filed under the Health and Safety Code, section 481," the arrest affidavit stated.
According to the arrest affidavit, the administrator of Stone Leigh Estates reported a theft of a controlled substance by an employee. After a female nursing home patient was taken to a local hospital, a nurse collected the woman's medication as order by her supervisor, Wells.
When the nursing home resident returned from the hospital three days later, the medicine was supposed to be reissued. However, when the order came to reissue the medication, 89 pills of Hydrocodone APAP 5-500 were missing.
The administrator told the Lufkin Police officer who took the report that the nursing home's policy is that when a patient leaves the facility, his or her medicine is collected and destroyed by the on-site pharmacist. When they do, they have to file documentation that details exactly what was destroyed.
Originally, Wells allegedly told the administrator that the pharmacy had destroyed the missing drugs. According to nursing home records, the pharmacy workers collected and destroyed drugs on Aug. 6, 2012. However, the pharmacy workers told the administrator they had never received the Hydrocodone pills Wells allegedly collected on Aug. 7.
When confronted about the facts, Wells allegedly admitted that she had taken the medication. In a written statement, Wells allegedly wrote, "I Sheena Wells did take some Vicodin from the DC'd meds."
Later, Wells told the Lufkin Police Department that she only took about 25 of the pills. She also said that she took the pills for her own use and did not sell any of them.