Four nurses indicted for stealing drugs from St. Elizabeth

YOUNGSTOWN — A Mahoning County grand jury today separately indicted four nurses, three of whom formerly worked at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, on charges of stealing drugs in controlled-substance categories from the hospital last year.

Ryan T. Hofus, 27, of Cavalcade Drive, is charged with two counts of drug theft and two counts of drug possession, referring to Dilaudid and Fentanyl, with the offenses allegedly having occurred between March 1 and July 17, 2012. Dilaudid and Fentanyl are pain killers.

Dustin E. Chapman, 31, of Union Street, Columbiana, is charged with one count of theft of Vicodin and one count of illegally possessing it between April 25 and May 30, 2012.

Kathleen Marino, 60, of Thomas Road, Hubbard, is charged with a single count of stealing morphine and a single count of possessing it between March 1 and April 30, 2012.

Hofus, Chapman and Marino have not worked for the hospital since last year, said Tina Creighton, public relations specialist for Humility of Mary Health Partners, which operates the hospital.

The fourth nurse, Sherry L. Sandy, 47, of Mount Vernon Avenue, is charged with two counts of drug theft, one pertaining to Fentanyl and the other to Midazolam, aggravated possession of Fentanyl and possession of Midazolam between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30, 2012. Midazolam is a sedative.

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