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Nurse accused of stealing pills

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

Deputies charged a Gaston County woman with nearly 30 felonies Wednesday after the Sheriff’s Office said she stole narcotics from a Lincoln County hospital where she worked as a nurse.
Jessica Ann Brooks, 31, of 804 Summey Farm Road in Dallas, was taken into custody at her residence.
Deputies also charged a second resident, Jonathan Keith James, 32, with conspiracy in the case.
Narcotics officers said Brooks was working as a nurse at Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln when she took prescription pills from the hospital over a six-month period.
A nurse supervisor at CMC-Lincoln told deputies in February the woman had stolen “several vials” of the heavy painkiller Dilaudid from a medicine dispenser, a Sheriff’s Office press release said.
A deputy had gone to the hospital earlier this year regarding a larceny call about an employee taking narcotics from the workplace.
A drug diversion specialist with the State Bureau of Investigation worked with county narcotics investigators to conduct the investigation.
Brooks, who has since been released on a $25,000 secured bond, faces 19 felony counts of embezzlement of a controlled substance by an employee, seven felony counts of larceny by employee and two felony counts of conspiracy, the release said.
James, who posted a $2,500 secured bond, faces two felony counts of conspiracy and one misdemeanor count of communicating threats.
Both suspects had a first appearance Thursday in district court.

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