Monday, October 17, 2005
Attorney General Abbott's Medicaid Fraud Investigation Lands Wichita Falls Nurse In JailWICHITA FALLS - An investigation by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit officers has led to the indictment and arrest of a licensed vocational nurse employed at Cedar Falls Care Center in Wichita Falls.
Marian Shivers, 40, was arrested last week by a Wichita County Sheriff’s Department deputy after Attorney General Abbott’s investigators revealed that the nurse illegally obtained 22 hydrocodone pills, a controlled Schedule III narcotic also referred to as Vicodin. Shivers was arrested following a grand jury indictment charging her with possession of a controlled substance, a felony. Wichita County District Attorney Barry Macha handled the grand jury case.
“We cannot tolerate the smuggling of controlled drugs away from those who need them to those who are supposedly acting in the patients’ best interests,” said Attorney General Abbott. “Texans deserve to be able to trust the health care they receive through the state’s Medicaid program, and we will weed out those who abuse the system.”
The prescription painkillers Shivers had diverted had been intended for a resident at the care facility. Shivers allegedly destroyed the resident’s “narcotic count sheet,” which tracks the number of painkillers assigned a patient over time. The nurse allegedly hoped the destruction of the count sheet would allow her to divert the drugs to herself without being detected by colleagues or law enforcement officials.
To more information about the Attorney General’s efforts to fight Medicaid fraud, access the agency’s Web site at www.texasattorneygeneral.gov.