A former Porter
Regional Hospital nurse has been sentenced to one year of probation, after
pleading guilty to one of the four charges filed against her in connection
with her personal use of fentanyl--a powerful synthetic opioid--obtained
from an automated dispenser at the hospital.
Allison Henry, 26,
with a listed address of 245W 100S in Porter Township, pleaded guilty to
obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or deceit and was sentenced on
Monday by Porter Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Clymer to 365 days in the
Porter County Jail. Under a plea agreement with the Indiana Attorney
General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Henry will serve all but one day of
that sentence on formal probation.
controlled substance by fraud or deceit was entered against Henry as a Class
A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.
In exchange for
Henry’s plea, the other three charges against her were dismissed: failure to
make, keep, or furnish records; furnishing false or fraudulent information;
--Henry must be
evaluated for substance abuse, comply with substance abuse treatment at a
placement approved by probation, and undergo random drug testing.
cooperate” with proceedings involving her Indiana nursing license.
--And Henry must
pay court costs and a fine of $500.
According to the
probable cause affidavit filed by Kathy Franko, a diversion investigator
with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, on Sept. 6, 2018, a registered nurse
at Porter Regional Hospital discovered that Henry had removed one 100 mg.
dose of fentanyl from the Pyxis MedStation--an automated dispenser from
which nurses must enter their fingerprint and other information in order to
obtain medications--ostensibly for one of his own assigned patients. When
the nurse confronted Henry, Franko stated in her affidavit, Henry “reached
into her pocket, removed a vial that contained liquid, and gave it to” him.
It was later discovered that, one day earlier, on Sept. 5, 2018, Henry had
also removed a dosage of fentanyl from “another patient not assigned to
Later in the day on
Sept. 6, at a meeting with the ICU director and others, Henry “admitted that
she took the fentanyl for her own personal use,” Franko stated in her
affidavit. “Henry said she replaced the fentanyl in the vial . . . with
saline. Henry said she took home the fentanyl she stole on Sept. 5 and used
it after her shift. Henry also admitted she diverted medications from a
hospital in Maryland when she was a traveling nurse.”
According to the
Pyxis MedStation, Henry in fact obtained two vials of fentanyl on Sept. 5
and the one on Sept. 6, Franko stated.
administration “did not offer Henry to submit to a urine drug screen since
she admitted stealing the fentanyl for personal use and resigned her
position,” Franko added.
On Sept. 10
hospital administration filed a formal complaint with the Medicaid Fraud
Control Unit and Franko was assigned to investigate the complaint.
Henry worked as a
registered nurse at Porter Regional Hospital for only three days, beginning
on Sept. 4, 2018, and resigning on Sept. 6.