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Registered Nurse Charged With Stealing Pain Medications Intended For Patients From Minneapolis Hospital

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Minnesota

Acting United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker today announced the indictment of MATTHEW ALLEN AMUNDSON, 30, a registered nurse, for fraudulently obtaining hydromorphone, a prescription opioid pain medication.  AMUNDSON, who is charged with one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, made his initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minn. earlier today.


According to the indictment, from January 2015 through April 2015, AMUNDSON, while employed as a registered nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., fraudulently obtained possession of controlled substances, namely, hydromorphone, which was intended for hospital patients. While working in his capacity as a nurse, AMUNDSON accessed the hospital’s secured automated medication dispensing systems and used syringes to extract hydromorphone from vials intended for patient use. AMUNDSON subsequently injected the vials with saline solution to replace the missing hydromorphone before returning the vials to the medication dispensing systems.


This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tactical Diversion Squad, which is comprised of agents, officers and deputies from the DEA, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Minneapolis Police Department, Plymouth Police Department, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, and the Minnesota Army National Guard.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Newberry is prosecuting the case.



Defendant Information:                                                                                                                     



Northfield, Minn.



  • Obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, 1 count

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The charges contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated November 9, 2017

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