A Chickasaw County nurse is headed to prison for one year after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood announced Tuesday.
Cheryl Renee Hamblet, 42, of Houston, appeared before Choctaw County Circuit Court Judge Joseph H. Loper Jr. on Monday and pleaded guilty to one count of Medicaid fraud and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. She was sentenced to three years on each count in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with one year to serve and two years suspended on post-release supervision.
Hamblet’s sentences will run concurrently. She was also ordered to pay $500 to the Office of the Attorney General for investigative fees and court costs.
Hamblet was employed as an LPN by a Eupora nursing home when the crimes were committed. She was given access through her employment to controlled substances prescribed for patients, and on three occasions she diverted Percocet and Hydrocodone – both schedule II controlled substances – to her own use.
The substances were intended for three different patients.