News Release
December 1, 2009
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Former Nurse Pleads Guilty to Stealing Drugs from Patients
- Former nurse believed to have taken 7,000 doses of controlled substances

DEC 01 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - United States Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that Deborah Sue Whitacre Brown, 56, of Radcliffe, Kentucky, pled guilty yesterday to charges of unlawfully possessing controlled substances and of making false statements related to health care matters.

The indictment alleged that between 2005 and 2008, Brown caused false information to be submitted to various insurance companies on behalf of patients at University of Louisville Hospital, where she was employed as a nurse. The patients were billed for medications which they never received. The total amount of false billings was over $63,000. In addition, Brown pled guilty to obtaining these controlled substances by fraud and deception. Over 7,000 doses of controlled substances are believed to have been taken by Brown.

The case is being prosecuted by Lettricea Jefferson-Webb, and it was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Brown is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge John G. Heyburn on March 8, 2010, in Louisville, Kentucky.