Meridian Registered Nurse Arrested on Medicaid Fraud Charges
Today, Attorney General Jim Hood announced the arrest of a Meridian registered nurse who is accused of stealing prescription drugs intended for several of her patients.
Kristina Nechol Lewis, 31, was arrested Friday following an indictment by a Lauderdale County Grand Jury on three counts of obtaining possession of a controlled substance by fraud, misrepresentation or subterfuge.
At the time the crimes were allegedly committed, Lewis worked as an RN at the Golden Living Center in Meridian. The indictment charges Lewis with obtaining Norco containing Hydrocodon, a Schedule II controlled substance, from three patients at the center, and converting it to her own use.
Lewis was booked into the Lauderdale County Jail with a bond set at $15,000. If convicted of the three counts, Lewis faces up to 15 years in prison (five years on each count) and a total fine of $3,000. As with all cases, a charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case is being investigated by Trey Rogers of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Prosecution will be handled by Special Assistant Attorney General Tina Herron.