EDWARDSVILLE — A former Edwardsville nurse has pleaded guilty to stealing drugs from elderly patients.
Angela Mohler, 40, of Belleville, pleaded guilty Wednesday to five counts of obtaining drugs by fraud.
According to court documents, between 2018 and this year she was a nurse for senior care and nursing facilities in Edwardsville, Belleville, Lebanon and Caseyville. She admitted using her position of trust to steal pain medications — such as oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine — from vulnerable patients.
After taking the drugs for her personal use, Mohler would often destroy or modify the patient’s records to cover up the thefts, according to court documents. This meant the patient’s records would show Mohler had given them pain medication when in fact they had often suffered without it.
The investigation was conducted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General – Office of Investigations and the Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau.