Fmr. Nurse Receives Deferred Judgment in Pill Theft Case

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Mon 5:30 PM, Jul 29, 2013

Patricia A. Pokallus, a former registered nurse in Abbotsford, received a deferred judgment Monday in Marathon County Court.

Pokallus, 51, pleaded no contest to obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. In exchange for the plea, she could have the charge amended to a lesser offense in 2016.

A judge ordered Pokallus to participate in a treatment program and stay out of trouble for the next three years.

According to the criminal complaint, she took prescription drugs from the nursing home where she was employed marked down the medication had been given to residents.

A judge scheduled a reviewing hearing for 2016.

ORIGINAL STORY: Tues 12:25 PM, Jul 16, 2013

A former registered nurse is expected to be charged Monday in Marathon County Court after she's accused stealing medication from her employer and marking nursing home residents had been given it.

Patricia Pokallus, 51, is expected is charged with one felony count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

According to the criminal complaint, an investigation began after paperwork at Continental Manor in Abbotsford showed that two residents has been given Ativan, which is the brand name for Lorazepam- an anti-anxiety medication.

The residents were reported to be “alert”, said they were not given the medication, nor did they request it.

According to court documents, Pokallus was questioned about the incident, that when she admitted to taking the drug for herself. Pokallus reportedly had taken the drug for herself four times.

Online court documents show the incident happened on February 3. Pokallus was terminated that day and her nursing license has since been suspended.

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