A.G. Schneiderman Announces Arrest Of Former URMC Nurse, Who – After Being Fired – Allegedly Impersonated A Hospital Employee In Order To Steal Prescription Drugs

 News from Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman

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March 27, 2017

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES ARREST OF FORMER URMC NURSE, WHO – AFTER BEING FIRED – ALLEGEDLY IMPERSONATED A HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE IN ORDER TO STEAL PRESCRIPTION DRUGS 

Following Her Termination, Siobhan Pollock Allegedly Dressed As A Nurse In Scrubs; Convinced Another Nurse To Give Her A Vial Of Painkiller, Which She Replaced With Water And Returned To Medication Cart

Schneiderman: We Will Keep Working To Protect Patients And Bring Unscrupulous Medical Professionals To Justice

ROCHESTER – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that Siobhan Pollock, 34, a registered professional nurse formerly employed by The University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, was arrested for criminal impersonation and felony drug possession for posing as a hospital employee and stealing Dilaudid, a form of hydromorphone, from the facility.

“Impersonating a health care worker after being fired in order to steal drugs to feed one’s own addiction is reprehensible and dangerous,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “People rely on nurses to be professional and trustworthy. My office will always seek to bring to justice those who exploit the health care profession – and vulnerable patients – for personal gain.”

The investigation, conducted by the New York State Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU), revealed that Pollock, who had recently been terminated from the hospital, is alleged to have returned there wearing her hospital scrubs in order to steal Dilaudid. Pollock allegedly convinced another nurse to give her a syringe of Dialudid; she then took the syringe into a bathroom, removed the narcotic, and refilled the syringe with tap water. She then returned the water-filled replacement syringe to the medication cart. 

The complaint, filed in Rochester City Court, charges Pollock with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth and Seventh Degree and Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree.  Criminal Possession in the Fifth Degree is a class D felony, Criminal Impersonation and Criminal Possession in the Seventh Degree are class A misdemeanors. Pollock faces two and a half years in prison.

The charges against Ms. Pollock are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The case was referred to MFCU by Supervising Investigator Dale Engel from the Department of Education’s Office of Professional Discipline, under the supervision of Professional Conduct Officer Louis Catone. The case was investigated by University of Rochester Department of Public Safety and Rochester Police Investigator Kate Springer, with assistance from MFCU Investigator Jason Rice and MFCU Deputy Chief Investigator William Falk. 

The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Margaret A. Jones in the MFCU Rochester Office.  Catherine Wagner is the Regional Director and the Upstate Chief of Criminal Investigations for MFCU. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is led by Director Amy Held and Deputy Director Paul Mahoney.

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