A Wisconsin paramedic was taken into custody for allegedly committing forgery, fraud and obtaining narcotic drugs by fraud. The prescription drugs the 29-year-old was accused of taking were part of his ambulance's stock, and he allegedly falsified documents in an attempt to cover up the missing medicine. The former medic was charged with 16 felony counts and eight misdemeanor counts. If convicted of all the felonies, the man could face 48 years in prison.
The medical center for which the man worked said he was no longer employed by the facility. He stood accused of falsifying reports regarding narcotics use on eight occasions between June and November of 2013. The alleged fraud was discovered by an audit, which revealed instances where prescription drugs were taken from the ambulance's stock but never administered to a patient. The 29-year-old was reportedly working on those days. Further, the signatures of other paramedics were allegedly forged by the man, sometimes with the amount of medication administered being altered improperly.
In one incident, a patient was transferred who could not have needed narcotics, but the narcotic transfer sheet allegedly indicated that he had been administered drugs or that they had been wasted. The other paramedic on duty at that time claimed his signature on the sheet had been forged. In another incident, drugs were again allegedly listed as used or wasted on a transfer sheet, but the paramedics on duty at that time also said that their signatures had been forged.
Federal drug charges are a serious. Individuals charged with drug crimes such as drug manufacturing or distribution may find the assistance of a Milwaukee criminal defense lawyer to be valuable in helping to clear their names or arrange a plea bargain with the court.
Source: Firehouse, "Wisconsin Medic Charged with Stealing Drugs", November 14, 2013