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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Idaho

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Boise Nurse Sentenced for Obtaining Controlled Substances by Fraud

BOISE - Jennifer L. Fanopoulos, 41, of Boise, Idaho, was sentenced yesterday to 3 years of probation for obtaining controlled substances by fraud, U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis announced.  Fanopoulos was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Edward J. Lodge.  Fanopoulos pleaded guilty on October 25, 2018.

According to court records, Fanopoulos was employed as a registered nurse at a hospital in Boise.  As part of her employment, Fanopoulos had access to the Pyxis system at the hospital.  The Pyxis system automated and monitored the distribution, management, and control of prescription medications, including Schedule II controlled substances.  Fanopoulos’ ability to access the Pyxis system required the use of a unique username and her fingerprint.  On at least twenty-eight occasions, Fanopoulos knowingly and intentionally accessed a Pyxis machine and removed fentanyl 100mcg/2mL vials by falsifying and manipulating information in the system.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) led Tactical Diversion Squad which is comprised of law enforcement from the DEA, Ada County Sheriff’s Office, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.

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Topic(s): 
Prescription Drugs
Health Care Fraud
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Contact: 
CASSIE FULGHUM Public Information Officer (208) 334-1211
Updated April 17, 2019