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COURT Nurse faces drug counts



Published: Thu, August 4, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



A former McDonald village clerk is accused of taking $1,200 from the village.

WARREN -- A nurse accused of using blank prescription forms to obtain controlled painkillers faces a 10-count indictment.

Laurie Claire Judson, 26, of Foreman Road, Austinburg, was arraigned Tuesday in common pleas court following a direct presentment to a Trumbull County grand jury.

She had been employed as a registered nurse at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital, said Chris Becker, assistant county prosecutor.

This spring, the indictment says, Judson made false statements on prescriptions and obtained uncompleted pre-printed prescription blanks.

The painkillers were Hydrocodone (also known as Vicodin ES) and Oxycodone (Percocet).

Judson faces three counts of theft of drugs, two counts of illegal processing of drug documents, and two counts of deception to obtain a dangerous drug. She also faces single counts of illegal processing of drug documents, deception to obtain a dangerous drug and aggravated possession of drugs.

All of the charges are fourth- and fifth-degree felonies.

Embezzlement suspect

Also indicted on a felony count of theft in office and misdemeanor dereliction of duty is Wendy L. Kosovec, 39, of Ridgeview Street, Youngstown, who is a former clerk for McDonald village.

Authorities said she took about $1,200 from the village. She was arrested late last year after a three-month investigation. She was elected to the clerk's post in 1999.

They will be arraigned at 11 a.m. Tuesday before Judge Andrew Logan.




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