News Release
March 11, 2010
Contact: Rich Isaacson
Number: (313) 234-4310

Ex-Nurse Sentenced in Federal Court for Stealing Drugs From
University of Louisville Hospital

- Former nurse stole over 7,000 dosage units of controlled substances

MAR 11 - LOUISVILLE, KY - United States Attorney Candace G. Hill of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that Deborah Sue Whitacre Brown, 57, of Radcliffe, Kentucky, was sentenced on March 8, 2010, by Judge John G. Heyburn on charges of making false statements related to health care matters and unlawfully possessing controlled substance by fraud.

The indictment alleged that between 2005 through 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 in the Brown Cancer Center. The hospital's patients were billed for drugs which they never received. The total amount of false billings was over $63,000. An internal audit revealed that Brown had taken over 7,000 doses of controlled substances and that she had obtained these controlled substances by fraud and deception.

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