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Nursing home employee steals pain meds from residents

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CRESCENT, Okla. -- A former nursing home employee has admitted to stealing medicine last year that was supposed to go to residents, according to the Attorney General's office.

It's a crime the state Health Department discovered after checking records and talking to residents in Logan County. 36-year-old Jodi Alexander worked as a certified medication aide at Crescent Care Center in Crescent.

She's accused of altering medical records to cover up her theft of several pain medications. The Attorney General's office said she admitted to giving the pills to her boyfriend, 28-year-old Dale Markus, to use and to sell.

Court documents say Markus would sell the narcotics to pay for his child support. Hundreds of pills were allegedly taken from Crescent Care Center from August of 2011 to February of 2012.

The medications include hydrocodone and morphine. Residents were sometimes left to suffer in pain.

"While they didn't go all night experiencing pain, they could possibly go for two to three hours needing pain medication, but not able to get it," Mykel Fry, with the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, said.

Both Alexander and Markus could face life in prison if convicted of larceny and distribution of these drugs.

If you have a loved one in a nursing home, be aware of what medications they're taking. Compare that to nurse records, and ask how much medicine is left for them to take. Then ask their primary care doctor if they need that much medicine.

Call the Attorney General's office if you suspect this crime is going on with your loved one.