Nurse stole pain meds from dying patients, police say

Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox recently announced charges against a Howell, MI, nursing home nurse supervisor that accuse him of stealing prescription painkillers from hospice patients. Jeffrey Joseph Wolos, 32, of Swartz Creek, MI, was arraigned in 53 District Court in Howell. The charges arise from a chain of events at Medilodge nursing home in Howell culminating on Dec. 8, 2003.

Cox says prosecutors intend to show that Wolos tampered with and stole patients’ pain-relief medications and delivery systems. He faces three charges: one count of knowingly possessing a Schedule II narcotic drug, a four-year felony; larceny by stealing prescription medication, a four-year felony; and physical abuse or harmful neglect of a patient by removing or diminishing the strength and content of prescribed medications for control of chronic pain, a one-year misdemeanor.