Medical technician arrested for stealing 650 narcotic pills

Updated: 07/25/2014 5:26 PM
Created: 07/25/2014 10:58 AM WHEC.com

A medical technician is accused of stealing hundreds of narcotic pills and substituting them with non-narcotic pills.

Deborah Cleveland is facing more than a dozen charges. The New York State Attorney General’s Office says this happened while Cleveland worked at the Heather Heights in Pittsford.

News10NBC spoke with administrators at Heather Heights. They say, as soon as they learned of the allegations, they fired Deborah Cleveland. They said these are things the facility will not tolerate.

According to court paperwork, 42-year-old Cleveland is accused of stealing 650 narcotic pills from eight patients. Those patients ranged in age from 66-years-old to 98-years-old. Investigators say Cleveland was taking the narcotics and replacing them with other medications that are used to treat allergies, bi-polar disorder and high blood pressure. Cleveland allegedly stole 230 oxycodone pills from one patient alone.     

The staff at Heather Heights says they learned about this due to their “strict protocols." A spokesperson gave us a statement saying, in part, “I am proud of the staff that we have here who handled this situation in the best way possible. Our residents are our family and under no circumstances will we tolerate any action that has the potential to cause harm to a member of our family."

Cleveland will have to appear in court to answer to these charges at a later date. News10NBC will continue to track this story and bring you updates on the air and at www.whec.com.

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