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Nurse pleads guilty to stealing drugs from Denver VA

December 14, 2018

DENVER (AP) — A registered nurse accused of stealing drugs from the Denver Veterans Affairs Hospital has pleaded guilty.

KMGH-TV reports 46-year-old Erick Lee Tombre pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges of acquiring and trying to obtain controlled substances by deception and subterfuge.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a February 2017 audit showed unusual and unaccounted for drug withdrawals from the hospital’s automated dispensing system, which requires staff to enter login information to take out drugs.

The system documented an instance where Tombre withdrew hydromorphone for the same patient three times in one hour.

Tombre told authorities he had diverted drugs over a few years and used the hydromorphone and fentanyl he stole.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in April.

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Information from: KMGH-TV, http://www.thedenverchannel.com

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