OXFORD, Miss.--Two nurses are out of the hospital and behind bars after being accused of taking Lortabs that were prescribed to patients. Attorney General Jim Hood told News Mississippi Debra Hayes, 55, and Rhonda Advani, 42, turned themselves in to investigators with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Tuesday following indictment by the Lafayette County Grand Jury on one count each of obtaining a Schedule II controlled substance by means of fraud.
A news release from the AG's office said the Graceland Care Center initiated the complaints to the Attorney General’s Office and fully cooperated during the investigations.
If convicted, both defendants face up to five years behind bars and $1,000 in fines. As with all cases, the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.