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ASC Nursing Director Nabbed Stealing 2,000 Vials Fentanyl Gets 2 Months in Jail

Published: October 23, 2017

SENTENCED Karen Feldner, 57, was sentenced to prison for stealing nearly 2,000 vials of fentanyl from her surgery center.

A former nursing director at a Pennsylvania surgery center, who admitted to having a drug addiction, was sentenced to prison last week for stealing thousands of vials of fentanyl from her facility.

Karen Feldner, 57, was sentenced to 2 months in jail and 3 months of house arrest, according to news reports.

Ms. Feldner was arrested in March after investigators determined that she had stolen almost 2,000 vials of fentanyl from The Mountain Laurel Surgery Center and forged signatures to cover up her crime. She was fired from the center following her arrest.

In addition to the theft accusation, the surgery center said they believed someone tampered with nearly 100 vials of fentanyl, removing some of the drug and replacing it with saline, according to reports. In arrest records, investigators said that small puncture holes were found in the caps covering some of the vials of fentanyl, reports say.

The finding prompted a public health scare and the center asked some patients to take blood tests to see if they had been exposed to HIV or hepatitis. They later determined that none of the patients was at risk.

Ms. Feldner, who has worked at the center since 2015, pleaded guilty to the theft charges following her arrest. At her sentencing, Ms. Feldner apologized and said that she had an addiction, which she claimed started out as an addiction to cough medicine years ago, according to reports.

In addition to her sentence, Ms. Feldner will have to complete community service and 6 years of probation.

Anna Merriman

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