Meridian nurse arrested for Medicaid fraud charges

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Meridian registered nurse accused of stealing prescription drugs has been arrested.

Attorney General Jim Hood, in a news release Friday, said 55-year-old Timothy Jones was arrested following an indictment by a Lauderdale County grand jury on one count each of Medicaid fraud and acquiring or obtaining possession of a controlled substance by fraud, misrepresentation or subterfuge.

At the time of the alleged crimes, Jones worked at the East Mississippi State Hospital in Meridian and obtained the drug Norco from a patient at the facility.

Jones was being held at the Lauderdale County jail. Bond information was not immediately available. It was unknown if he has an attorney.

If convicted of both counts, he faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and $2,000 in fines.

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