Nursing assistant gets 4 months in jail for stealing drugs from patient

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Nico Savidge
Wednesday, September 18, 2013

ELKHORN—A Walworth County judge sentenced a Delavan woman to four months in jail Wednesday after authorities said she stole patches of pain medication from a patient at a Whitewater retirement home last year.

Jacqueline E. Stein, 35, was a nursing assistant at Fairhaven Retirement Community in the summer of 2012 when staff started to notice patches of the painkiller Fentanyl were going missing from a female patient, according to a criminal complaint.

The woman could not communicate and was “pretty much helpless,” authorities said.

Walworth County prosecutors charged Stein with felony counts of theft and drug possession in February after she admitted to taking the patches off the woman’s body.

Both counts had enhanced penalties because of a prior conviction on Stein’s record from Kenosha County.

Stein pleaded guilty to possession of narcotic drugs at a hearing Wednesday afternoon as part of a deal in which the theft charge was dismissed but read into the record.

Deputy District Attorney Joshua Grube and Stein’s attorney, assistant public defender Melissa Nepomiachi, made a joint recommendation that Stein spend four months in jail and three years on probation for the crime.

Judge James Carlson accepted Stein’s plea and followed the recommendation in sentencing her.

Fairhaven administrator of operations Lynn Binnie told The Gazette in May that Stein stopped working at the retirement home on Sept. 12, 2012, though he declined to say how her employment ended. Whitewater police were called to investigate the theft the day before that, according to a criminal complaint.

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