What began with the finding of Jennifer Wilson, Wisconsin, snowballed into the discovery of more than 250 pills that could not be accounted for. Following employees’ complaints about Jennifer Wilson, who served as director of nursing at Summit Health and Living (SHL) in Summittville at the time, an investigator for Medicaid fraud with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General conducted an investigation into the facility.
The facility was made aware of a disparity in its drug count on February 13, according to the report of the investigator who looked into the matter. SHL monitors the distribution of all prohibited substances and maintains a narcotic count sheet in accordance with state and federal regulations. When staff members remove medication from the nursing cart with the intention of administering it to a patient but do not actually do so, they are responsible for filling out drug destruction forms.
As a registered nurse, Wilson was given the responsibility of disposing of hydrocodone pills that had been prescribed to a patient. When Wilson was contacted again by a colleague administrator, she was informed that the problem “had been taken care of.” The co-worker, on the other hand, was unable to locate the matching count sheet. According to the evidence presented in court, Wilson’s coworker went inside her office in an attempt to locate the sheet, but instead discovered thirty hydrocodone tablets hidden in a manila folder at the back of a desk drawer.
Wilson was questioned by the administrator of the facility the next day and revealed that she had stolen the prescription for personal use due to her addiction. The incident occurred the day before. During an internal audit, it was discovered that there were roughly 261 tablets that could not be accounted for and were likely stolen. The drugs in question were hydrocodone and Percocets, and at least four different individuals were given prescriptions for them.
During the course of the investigation, Wilson admitted that she had been known to consume pills that bore the label “discontinuation.” She stated that she attended SHL for a few months prior to giving in to her addiction and leaving the facility. Wilson was arrested on accusations of obtaining a controlled substance by means of fraud, possessing a controlled substance, and providing false or fraudulent information, and he was lodged into the Madison County Jail. Following the results of an internal investigation, she was terminated from her position at SHL.