A 31-year-old DuBois nurse is accused of taking pills for her own use instead of giving them to the patients at the local nursing home where she was employed, according to a criminal complaint filed at District Judge Patrick Ford’s office in DuBois.
On May 1, Amanda Lynn Cluff, DuBois, was charged by Sandy Township Police with 21 felony counts of acquiring or obtaining possession of a controlled substance by misrepresentation, 21 misdemeanor counts of refusal to keep records required and procuring for self/other drugs by fraud and 20 misdemeanor counts of intentional possession of a controlled substance.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, from Jan. 2 until Feb. 13, Cluff, a licensed practical nurse who had been employed at the nursing home since February 2013, is accused of diverting Hydrocodone and Tramadol from the nursing home while she was employed there. An initial audit of the narcotic count sheet (NCS) and the medical administration record (MAR) showed that Cluff had been documenting the administration of the controlled substance on the NCS but not on the MAR between January and her last day of employment on Feb. 13.
Cluff allegedly documented obtaining “as needed” medicines for five residents where the pill count must be maintained, but made no documentation of the administration of “as needed” medication on the medical administration record where a pill count is not maintained, the affidavit said.
When interviewed by police on Feb. 13 at the nursing home about the inconsistencies in her logging in the administration of the drugs on the NCS but not logging them into the MAR reporting system, Cluff allegedly admitted that she had a problem with drugs, namely methamphetamine and opioids, over the last three months, the affidavit said. She allegedly told the police that she had been taking pain killers from the nursing home for her own personal use.
During the interview, Cluff was asked if she had taken any pills from the nursing home on that day. She then reached into her right shirt pocket and pulled out 20 pills, which included 11 acetaminophen and hydrocodone bitartrate pills, four acetaminophen and oxycodone hydrochloride pills, two Lorcet Plus acetaminophen/hydrocodone bitrate pills, two acetaminophen and codeine phosphate pills and one morphine sulfate extended release pill, the affidavit said.
Her preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. June 7 at Ford’s office.