RIDGWAY — A nurse at an assisted living facility has been charged with allegedly taking prescription medications from the facility and faking records that they had been destroyed.
Karlin Montell Miller, 44, 1137 Rocky Lane, Vandergrift, is charged by the PA Office of the Attorney General with obtaining possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, criminal attempt, procuring a drug by fraud, theft by deception, furnishing fraudulent information, and criminal attempt.
According to court records, on Dec. 26, 2017, police were called to 163 Ridgmont Dr. in Ridgway to investigate Miller, who was a nurse at The Village at Ridgmont, who is suspected to have been taking controlled substances from the facility.
Police found surveillance footage from the facility which showed Miller removing Oxycodone tablets from a cart. Miller then took 36 of the tablets and pretended that he destroyed them, while he actually put them in his pocket. Miller was also seen taking Tylenol from the house stock.
During the investigation, police also found that Miller created a false medication wasting report, saying that he had destroyed them.
Directors of the facility told police that Miller was working out of three facilities and that they had received a report that at least once he had showed up around 2 a.m. when he was not working at the Clarion facility, gaining access to the medication cart for a medication audit.
Another director said at one time Miller nodded off during a meeting. They also said he nodded off at another facility during a party and had received reports that he had come to work with pin-point pupils.
In another instance, Miller approached a nurse about the Xanax prescription of a patient who had left the facility, saying he needed to destroy it. The nurse refused to give the medication to Miller.
He was arraigned Wednesday and bail was set at $15,000, unsecured.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 14.