Update: A Murrayville registered nurse accused of forging prescriptions was taken into custody around 12:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, following a lookout post sent by Gainesville Police.
The Gainesville Police Department is searching for a registered nurse they say collected more than $75,000 worth of narcotics by forging nearly 50 patient prescriptions.
Roseanne Brandsma, 53, of Murrayville, is wanted on 48 counts of unauthorized distribution of controlled substances and 48 counts of computer forgery, according to a news release from Gainesville Police.
The investigation began in December when authorities were notified of a 2017 prescription fraud that took place over seven months. Atlanta-based Kindred Hospice reported a registered nurse it employed had forged prescriptions while caring for patients.
Brandsma is accused of using the hospice’s computer system to falsify prescriptions, deleting them once they were filled.
Police aren’t sure whether the narcotics were for personal use or to sell.
“It is unknown at this time where Brandsma is practicing as a nurse, but records indicate her license is still active. This is why it is important that she is taken into custody to answer for these crimes,” Gainesville Police Chief Jay Parrish said. “As an agency that supports the fight against the opioid crisis, we want to bring awareness to these types of crimes that are occurring where you least expect them.
"To find out a professional, who is trusted to care for members in our community, is responsible for contributing to our opioid crisis is absolutely disheartening.”
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call 770-534-5252.
See original story by Gainesville Times staff writer Layne Saliba here.