FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jackson, MS - A Greenwood nurse is facing charges she illegally obtained drugs while on duty, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Stephanie Ray Barton, 46, formerly a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at Golden Age Nursing Home in Greenwood turned herself in to investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit on Wednesday following indictment by the Leflore County Grand Jury on seven counts of “obtaining a controlled substance by means of fraud…”. The indictment alleges, per the first count, that Barton took possession of a quantity of the drug Lorcet, which contains hydrocodone, a Schedule II Controlled Substance, by signing for the drug on the Patients’ Individual Sedative Record and then converting it to her own use. The remaining six counts contain similar allegations.
Barton was booked into the Leflore County jail and released on a $10,000 bond. If convicted, she faces up to 35 years behind bars. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case is being investigated by Eddie Boyd of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Prosecution of the case will be handled by Special Assistant Attorney General Garland Lyell.