ENID, Okla. – Two Enid nursing homes allegedly fell victim to Edward Dominic. Dominic is accused of swiping pain patches from residents.
“One of our cases is a gentleman that worked in two different nursing homes and, in each one, we have evidence that he was stealing Fentanyl patches from the residents,” said Mykel Fry, assistant attorney general.
It’s just one in a long list of cases the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office filed charges against the former North Enid police officer who later became a certified nursing assistant.
Dominic first worked at the Garland Road Nursing Center in January of 2016.
Prosecutors allege that’s when he started stealing pain medication, specifically Fentanyl patches, from patients.
“Not off the cart but actually physically from their body,” Fry said.
Witnesses told investigators Dominic approached another employee about a resident’s pain patch and when it needed to be changed.
A few hours later, the employee noticed the patch was gone.
Amid the thefts, Dominic was fired from Garland Road but quickly moved two miles up the street to another facility, The Commons in June of 2016.
While working at The Commons, an affidavit alleges Dominic came in on his day off to track down his missing wallet.
Soon after, a worker noticed a resident’s pain patch was missing.
Enid police interviewed the resident who identified Dominic as the person in her room.
The allegations don’t end there. Courts records also show other residents had several Fentanyl patches taken from them during a 72-hour period.
“It’s not a victim-less crime. We have true victims,” Fry said.
The Attorney General Medicaid Fraud Unit is currently prosecuting more than 10 cases of fraud and other crimes, including this one.
“We have a good mix of cases, some of them are drug use in the nursing homes or drug theft from the nursing homes,” Fry said.
And, along with bringing criminal charges the AG’s office has recovered over $52 million for the Medicaid program in the last four years.
Workers with The Commons said, once Dominic was fired, no other Fentanyl patches went missing.
*Clarification: The original story said that Dominic was a former officer with the Enid Police Department. The story has been updated to reflect that he was formerly a member of the North Enid Police Department.