Mississippi nurse sentenced to prison for Medicaid fraud, drug theft

On June 20, a nurse from Houston, Miss., was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to committing Medicaid fraud and illegally obtaining patients' medication.

As an employee of a nursing home in Eupora, Miss., Cheryl Renee Hamblet, LPN, diverted Percocet and Hydrocodone — Schedule II controlled substances — on three separate occasions.

Ms. Hamblet was sentenced to serve three years on each count, with one year to serve and two years on post-release supervision. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Jim Hood, Mississippi's attorney general, said, "Our office is deeply committed to protecting our state's most vulnerable residents and we thank [Choctaw County Circuit Court] Judge [Joseph] Loper for reminding anyone who is caught stealing from them will serve time."

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