Nurse pleads guilty to stealing fentanyl from Texas hospital

Crystal McLin Lipe, RN, has pleaded guilty to obtaining fentanyl for personal use without authorization from the hospital she worked for in Texas, according to the Justice Department. 

According to court documents, Ms. Lipe acquired the fentanyl fraudulently, by removing the fentanyl from its original vials, replacing it with a liquid containing sodium chloride and failing to disclose her conduct to the hospital. 

She worked as a registered nurse in the intensive care unit of a hospital in the Eastern District of Texas. 

Ms. Lipe faces up to four years in federal prison, according to the Justice Department. 

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