Woman formerly employed at nursing homes convicted of stealing drugs

By Juliette Laaka | Jan 29, 2014

Rockland — A 27-year-old Warren woman was convicted Jan. 28 for stealing, and attempting to steal drugs while she was employed at two local nursing homes.

Ashley Sawyer pleaded guilty to two counts of stealing drugs, one count of attempting to steal drugs, and one count of unlawful possession of drugs in two separate cases. She was sentenced to three years in prison with all but six months suspended.

Sawyer will serve the remainder of the ordered time, four months, at the Knox County Jail, as she has been incarcerated since Dec. 5.

Sawyer worked as a certified residential medication aid at Seven Tree Manor in Union. Her job was to administer drugs to patients and she admitted to taking hydrocodone and oxycodone from patients in 2013.

In 2011, she was charged with attempting to steal drugs at the Lucette Boarding Home in Thomaston while she was employed there.

Staff at the Union facility became suspicious when two patients who were prescribed pain medications as needed were not requesting their medication, but their pills were missing and unaccounted for, according to Assistant Attorney General Dan Savage.

It was reiterated in court Sawyer did not deprive patients of medications that were needed on a daily basis, which was a mitigating factor.

Sawyer was seen on video with the medication cart, but not administering the medication to the patient's whose pills were missing. She also did not report the pills were missing.

She was also ordered to abide by probation conditions for two years upon her release.

Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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