Ex-nurse indicted on 69 drug counts




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.



42 Responses to Ex-nurse indicted on 69 drug counts

  1. angry

    November 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    First of all I use to work at the hopsital & i went to school with this girl & i seen her everyday at work, i strongly believe deap down in my heart that she is NOT a drug addict & that the drug wasnt for her, there have been a few Drs. Fired as well but their names wasnt metioned of course bc they have lots of money, I honestly think if she really did get them it was for them. I also heard there were several other nurses that got caught to so why are they not being put on blast like she is. She is a wonderful, loving mother, wife and much more.

  2. Angry

    November 8, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Thank You aswell Anonymous & A Friend,I just can’t believe how judge mental people are. She did a wonderful job caring for her patients. It did not say in the article that she “STOLE” anything from any patient, maybe you all that’s being so hurtfull should learn how to read. i hope when she is proven “NOT” guilty that all of yall are willing to apologize for what you have said about her.

    • @ angry

      November 11, 2013 at 9:56 am

      we are reading the article as it states “obtaining under false pretenses” means theft. and before you go trying to talk about people who should learn how to read, you should really concentrate on your grammar and spelling. Everyone on here quotes the Bible by saying “thou shall not judge” well if you are going to quote the Bible, quote it all “thou shall not STEAL”

  3. A nurse at CNRVMC

    November 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    People trust us with loved ones that often can’t speek. There is no excuse and she knows it. It looks bad on the nurses that are honest. Nurses have a ethical code and you just would never do that.

  4. futurenurse

    November 11, 2013 at 6:31 pm

    As a nurse you are an advocate for your client. You are there to make sure that they are 1. Safe and 2. Comfortable. If infact, she stole drugs then she made them unavailable to her clients. Also nurses have addiction clinics available to them. She could have received help and still been able to keep her license. In a world that continues to go down hill, you should be able to count on a nurse of all people.

  5. Another Nurse

    November 11, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    I attended school and worked at the hospital with this nurse. She is a wonderful person. It is a very sad situation she is now facing. I pray that God will help her through this situation. None of us know the details of the charges against her or the circumstances that lead up to her being indicted. We would all be better off praying for her and all the other members of our community who struggle with the consequences of their actions. It is up to our court system to decide if she is guilty and what punishment she will have to face if she is. We should all remember that she has friends and family in our community, as we all do, and that they love and care for her. The nasty comments on this forum don’t just hurt her but also the people that care about her. You can express you views and opinions without being so ugly about it. Again, I pray that God will be with her and her family during these tough times.

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