A Camden-area nurse, identified as Danielle M. Tharp-Strouse, 31, working at the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna has been arrested on a number of fraud and forgery charges.
A Camden-area nurse working at the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill in Smyrna has been arrested on a number of fraud and forgery charges.
Danielle M. Tharp-Strouse, 31, of the 6100 block of Mud Mill Road, was taken into custody March 21 by members of the state Medicaid Fraud Unit, said Department of Justice spokesman Jason Miller.
The investigation began on March 19, 2013, when an administrator at the Smyrna health care facility reported to the Smyrna Police Department that an employee had been illegally obtaining Oxycodone, a powerful prescription painkiller, Miller said.
Smyrna Police turned the investigation over to the Medicaid Fraud Unit and its ongoing investigation found that between Feb. 1 and March 19, 2013, Tharp-Strouse allegedly forged the signatures of seven registered nurses and licensed practical nurses who worked at the hospital on controlled substances sheets indicating the drugs had been given to three patients.
In reality, Tharp-Strouse allegedly kept the drugs for personal use, Miller said. She resigned from the Smyrna facility in April 2013. Miller said he would have no comment on specifics or the timing of the investigation.
Tharp-Strouse was charged with three counts of obtaining a controlled substance by misrepresentation or fraud or forgery, seven counts of second-degree forgery and one count of falsifying a business record.
She was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 8, Smyrna, and released on $51,000 unsecured bond.