Collins Registered Nurse Arrested on Medicaid Fraud Charges

From:  News Release   1/29/17   GCN

JACKSON— Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of a Collins registered nurse who is accused of stealing prescription drugs intended for one of her patients.

Stefanie Cook, 35, was arrested today following an indictment by a Covington County grand jury on one count of Medicaid Fraud and one count of obtaining possession of a controlled substance by of fraud, misrepresentation or subterfuge.

At the time the crimes are alleged to have been committed, Cook worked as an RN at the Covington County Nursing Center in Collins. The indictment charges Cook with obtaining Norco containing Hydrocodone, a schedule two controlled substance, from a patient at the center.

Cook turned herself in to the Covington County jail. Her arraignment date is set for Feb. 3. If convicted of both counts, Cook faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and $2,000 in fines. As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

The case is being investigated by Trey Rogers of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Prosecution will be handled by Special Assistant Attorney General Kathy Parker.