HONESDALE – Karen Feldner, 56, of Honesdale, pled guilty Thursday to one count of theft of fentanyl, a third-degree felony; adulter or misbrand any controlled substance an ungraded misdemeanor said Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards in a release.
Felder faces up to eight years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
In October 2016,, Mountain Laurel Surgery Center reported approximately 2,000 fentanyl vials were stolen or tampered with.
Fentanyl, a schedule II controlled substance, is used in medical procedures for anesthesia.
The release states the substance is also used “...illegally since it is a highly addictive, potent pain medication.”
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) was notified and an investigation followed conducted by the DEA and the Wayne County District Attorney's Office.
The release states Feldner stole fentanyl from the surgical office while she was an employee.
She then “...altered documents and forged signatures at the surgical center...” Feldner also replaced the vials with another substance and obtained the drug through “....misrepresentation and deception by claiming to have authority from her employer when she did not and was in possession of fentanyl.”
In a statement, Edwards remarked,
“As I have previously said, Fentanyl is not just another opioid. It is highly addictive and potentially lethal.
“I am proud of the work done on this case by Wayne County DA Chief Detective Peter Hower and the DEA to ensure that criminal charges were filed.
“A concern for the potential safety of others in this case was paramount due to the dangers of Fentanyl.
“This particular crime not only fed the appetite of an addict but risked the lives of patients. I’m pleased that she pled guilty.”
Feldner is scheduled for sentencing on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in Wayne County Court.