By MELINDA WILLIAMS
A Pulaski County grand jury has indicted a former nurse on 69 counts of obtaining drugs by fraud between April and May of this year.
Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Fleenor said Stephanie Nicole Cressell, 30, of Dublin is a former operating room nurse.
According to court records each count against Cressell accuses her of “unlawfully and feloniously” obtaining the drug Fentanyl “by fraud, deceit, misrepresentation, embezzlement or subterfuge, or by the forgery or alteration of a prescription or written order.” Each count is a Class 6 felony carrying a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
According to National Institute on Drug Abuse, Fentanyl is a “powerful synthetic opiate … similar, but more potent than morphine,” that is used to manage severe pain or treat chronic pain in people who are tolerant to opiates.
Court records show the names of three Pulaski County doctors were used to obtain the drugs.
Cressell has been released from custody on a $10,000 unsecured bond. Records show she has a full-time and part-time job. A trial date is to be set in December.