November 9, 2012

Former York nurse indicted for stealing hospital drugs

The names or codes of up to 300 patients were used to gain access to the medications, the hospital's president says.

By Ann S. Kim akim@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

ALFRED — A former emergency room nurse has been indicted on 75 counts related to the alleged theft of drugs from York Hospital.

Michael T. Worrick-Soule, 33, of York, faces one count of theft by deception, 48 counts of stealing drugs, 23 counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and three counts of falsifying records. A York County grand jury this week handed up the indictment for conduct alleged to have taken place between August 2011 and April 2012.

The frequent removal of narcotics from a computerized dispensing system was discovered during a routine records review in April, Jud Knox, the hospital's president, said Friday.

Knox said Worrick-Soule was terminated for misconduct immediately after the hospital investigated.

Worrick-Soule declined to comment Friday. He referred questions to his lawyer, Jon Gale.

"Michael's been charged with very serious crimes but he did nothing with criminal intent," Gale said. "We are confident that time and the criminal justice system will bear this out."

Knox said he did not know whether the medications were taken for personal use or for sale to others.

Knox said that the names or codes of between 250 and 300 patients were used to gain access to the medications.

Those patients were charged for the medications, which are believed to be worth about $10,000, Knox said. He said the hospital is now contacting those patients to refund the charges.

"This is really an unfortunate set of circumstances. I think the community deserves an apology from us. We try to do a good job with each and every patient that comes to us," Knox said. "This is certainly a situation that doesn't reinforce that."

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