Clinton Nurse Arrested for Stealing Controlled Substance

July 3, 2018

A Clinton nurse turned herself in to police Thursday on a one-count felony indictment of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Donna Renee Runkle, 58, of Clinton, was indicted by a Hinds County grand jury for taking hydrocodone and acetaminophen prescribed to a patient and obtaining it for her own use. Runkle was employed as a registered nurse at Woodlands Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Clinton at the time of the alleged crime. Her bond was set at $2,500.

If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

This case was investigated by Joel Houston of the AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Katie Moulds.


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