FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jackson, MS—A Wayne County woman is facing a second indictment for taking a controlled substance from the nursing center where she worked, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Cindy McIlwain, age 34 of Buckatunna, surrendered to investigators of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Friday (December 10) after indictment by a Greene County Grand Jury on one count of acquiring or obtaining possession of a controlled substance or prescription by misrepresentation, fraud and the like. The indictment alleges that while McIlwain was working as an LPN at Brookwood Manor Nursing Center she acquired approximately 30 tablets of the substance Lortab, a narcotic, which had been prescribed for a resident of the facility.
If found guilty, McIlwain faces not less than one year nor more than five years and/or a $1000 fine. Bond was set at $5000 plus a $75 fee, meaning she will have to put up $575 to bond out of jail.
McIlwain was also indicted in April by a Perry County grand jury on similar charges, but has not yet gone to trial on that matter. As with every case, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case was investigated by and will be prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General’s Office.