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2 North Country nurses arrested for prescription drug fraud

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Ann Witt Ann Witt
Wendy Therrian Wendy Therrian

Two nurses at the hospital in Plattsburgh have been arrested for prescription drug fraud.

The New York attorney general's office says Ann Witt, 38, of Ellenburg Center, used her job as an LPN at CVPH Medical Center to steal blank prescription pads and forge prescriptions to herself. Prosecutors say Witt obtained over 1,500 Hydrocodone and Xanax pills from various Plattsburgh-area pharmacies in less than six months.

Wendy Therrian, 35, of Altona, who is also an LPN, was arrested in a separate case for stealing Oxycodone pills directly from the CVPH dispensary. Prosecutors say Therrian created temporary accounts in the name of a doctor in order to steal two pills during every shift for a year.

Witt pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument, forgery and criminal possession of a controlled substance. If convicted, Witt faces up to 10-20 years in state prison.

Therrian pleaded not guilty to falsifying business records, computer tampering, criminal possession of a controlled substance and petit larceny. If convicted, Therrian faces up to 1 1/3-4 years in prison.

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