Authorities have accused another Shenandoah County health care worker of possessing drugs intended for patients.
Susan Cassidy Gerado-Stewart, 71, 13974 Piney Woods Road, Timberville, stands charged in Shenandoah County General District Court on one count each of obtaining drugs by false pretenses and four counts of possession of a controlled substance, all felonies. Authorities also charged Gerado-Stewart with one count of petty larceny and seven counts of abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult not resulting in injuries, all misdemeanors.
Police arrested Gerado-Stewart on the charges on Aug. 29. A magistrate at the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail granted her release on a $4,500 secured bond on the condition that she not leave Virginia. A checklist used by the magistrate to determine bond states that Gerado-Stewart worked at Consulate Health Care and has lived in the community for more than 30 years. The magistrate states that the accused’s criminal history only notes a charge from 1967. The magistrate states that the accused told him she was charged with shooting a man and she thinks the charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.
Gerado-Stewart is scheduled to appear in the district court on Monday.
Woodstock police Officer J.D. Wilberger states in a criminal complaint with the charges that he received a report of a narcotics violation from Consulate Health Care on Aug. 6. Wilberger spoke with Jayne Burnette, executive director of Consulate Health Care in Woodstock, who said a number of prescription medications came up missing between 7 p.m. Aug. 5 and 7 a.m. Aug. 6, the complaint states.
Gerado-Stewart was in charge of the “drug cart” and she was the only person who had access to the cart during that time period, according to the complaint.
“The accused is required to maintain a running count of the quantities of medicines in the cart,” the complaint states. “When the on-coming nurse received the cart from the accused, she observed discrepancies and an audit was conducted, revealing the missing drugs and falsified dispensing logs.
“The accused provided no explanation to her supervisors regarding the discrepancies in the logs and the missing drugs,” the complaint goes on to state.
The officer lists the following medications as reported missing: Two doses of oxycodone, one dose of oxycodone/acetaminophen, two doses of hydrocodone/acetaminophen, two doses of lorazepam, six doses of gabapentin.
“These medications are prescribed to seven separate infirm adults who require 24-hour care and are used to treat anxiety, pain and seizures,” the complaint states.
Burnette did not respond to a call for comment Friday.
State code classifies oxycodone and hydrocodone as schedule II controlled substances; lorazepam as schedule IV; and gabapentin as schedule V.
Town authorities have charged three area nurses, accusing them of committing similar offenses. Candida Marie Hornick stands charged in the district court with obtaining drugs by false pretenses and abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult that did not result in injury. Court documents state Hornick worked for Consulate Health Care. A criminal complaint states that an inventory conducted of Hornick’s drug cart showed discrepancies on a patient’s narcotic sheet and multiple medications missing. Authorities accuse Hornick of committing the offenses in October. Police arrested her on the charges on July 12. Hornick remains free on bond.
Police charged Nancy Ann Tusing with falsifying patient records and abuse of an incapacitated adult. Authorities accuse Tusing of committing the offenses in September 2018. Court documents did not indicate if Tusing had worked at Consulate Health Care at the time of the alleged offense. Documents did show Tusing worked at a Harrisonburg medical facility at the time of her arrest.
Authorities charged Leslie Margaret Winner with obtaining drugs by false pretenses, falsifying patient records and abuse of an incapacitated adult. Police accuse Winner of committing the alleged offenses in September 2018. A court document states Winner worked for DaVita Inc., a dialysis facility in Winchester, at the time of her arrest.
The Virginia Department of Health Professions lists Winner as a registered nurse and Hornick and Tusing as licensed practical nurses. The agency’s online database did not provide information on Gerado-Stewart.