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Nurse pleads guilty to replacing fentanyl with saline

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Posted at 12:11 PM, Apr 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-14 12:11:01-04

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A nurse working at a Florida hospital has pleaded guilty to stealing fentanyl and replacing the powerful pain medication with saline.

Court records show 35-year-old Monique Carter pleaded guilty Wednesday in Jacksonville federal court to tampering with a consumer product. She faces up to 10 years in prison. According to the plea agreement, Carter was working at a Jacksonville hospital in September when a pharmacist examining the fentanyl inventory found a syringe missing a tamper-proof cap.

A supervisor reviewing hospital records found a pattern of Carter checking out doses of fentanyl for patients but then canceling the transactions and checking syringes back into the hospital’s inventory.