Mary Schmidt Monahan, 61, a nurse at Community Medical Center in Missoula, pleaded guilty Thursday in Missoula federal court to diverting patient medications for her own use.
A press release from the Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Montana, states that the allegations against Monahan include the facts that she misappropriated fentanyl and hydromorphone while she was a nurse in the hospital post-anaesthesia care unit.
A co-worker said she observed Monahan divert the drugs. When questioned by her supervisors, she admitted that she had been away from drugs for nearly a year. She admitted to a DEA agent that only part of the drugs were given to the patients, while she kept the rest of the drugs for herself.
Monahan faces up to four years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is set for April 26 in federal court.
She was released pending further proceedings.
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