Attorney General Jim Hood announced that a Chickasaw County nurse is going to prison for Medicaid Fraud and illegally taking controlled substances from three different patients.
42-year-old Cheryl Renee Hamblet, of Houston, appeared before Choctaw County Circuit Court Judge Joseph H. Loper, Jr.. Monday, for sentencing after pleading guilty to one count of Medicaid Fraud and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.
As a result, Hamblet was sentenced to serve three years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections on each count, with one year to serve and two years suspended on post-release supervision. The sentences will run concurrently.
Hamblet was also ordered to pay $500 to the Office of the Attorney General for investigative fees and court costs.
Hamblet was employed as an LPN by a Eupora nursing home at the time the crimes were committed.
She was given access through her employment to controlled substances prescribed for patients.
On three separate occasions, Hamblet diverted Percocet and Hydrocodone, both schedule two controlled substances, to her own use. The substances were prescribed to and meant to be dispensed to three different patients.
“Our office is deeply committed to protecting our state’s most vulnerable residents and we thank Judge Loper for reminding anyone who is caught stealing from them will serve time,” said Hood.
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