Feds add charges against Baxter nurse accused of stealing pain meds from hospice clinic

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BAXTER, Minn. — A registered nurse has been indicted for fraudulently obtaining prescription opioid pain medications from a central Minnesota hospice clinic, U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger announced last week.

According to court documents, Cambie Elizabeth Broker, 33, of Aitkin, was a registered nurse case manager at a hospice clinic in Baxter. She is accused of entering false prescription requests into the clinic’s e-prescribing software to fraudulently obtain oxycodone, hydromorphone and fentanyl for illegal sale and personal use.

Broker made her initial appearance on the federal indictment on Oct. 18 in U.S. District Court before Magistrate Judge Douglas L. Micko.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office.

Broker also faces six felony charges in Crow Wing County related to the theft of prescription medications. She was charged on Nov. 30, 2022, in Crow Wing County District Court with five counts of felony theft and one count of felony fourth-degree possession of drugs.

According to the complaint filed against Broker in Crow Wing County, on Nov. 28, 2022, the Brainerd Police Department was contacted by the manager of clinical services of the hospice clinic about allegations of an employee stealing prescription medication. A pharmacist contacted the clinic over concerns about several oxycodone prescriptions picked up by Broker and not being delivered to hospice patients.

In its own investigation, the clinic found there were five hospice patients for whom Broker had filled and picked up oxycodone prescriptions. When the hospice manager met with Broker, she admitted she had been stealing and selling the medications, according to the complaint.

A list of prescriptions for the five patients was provided to Brainerd Police and showed that between Oct. 12, 2022, and Nov. 25, 2022, 14 prescriptions totaling 1,824 oxycodone tablets were picked up by Broker and not delivered to the patients.

Broker was arrested on Nov. 28, 2022, after police responded to a driving complaint on Lum Park Road. Officers identified Broker and found a bag containing at least one medication on the passenger seat and several empty oxycodone prescription bottles prescribed to several other patients.

In a statement to police, Broker admitted to stealing numerous prescription medications of oxycodone prescribed to hospice patients, that she had been doing this for about two to three months because she needed the money, and that she was selling them for $25 per tablet, according to the complaint.

Broker’s interim conditions of release on the Crow Wing County charges include remain law-abiding, no alcohol or controlled substance use, submit to chemical testing and have no contact with the victims, among others. Her next hearing in Crow Wing County District Court is scheduled for 11 a.m. Nov. 7.

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