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Belleville Nurse Pleads Guilty to Stealing Drugs from Elderly Patients

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

EAST  ST.  LOUIS,  Ill.  –  A  Belleville  nurse,  Angela  Mohler,  40,  pled  guilty  to  five  
counts of obtaining drugs by fraud on Wednesday, October 13, 2021.

According to court documents, Mohler worked as a nurse for senior care and nursing facilities from 
2018 to 2021, including facilities in Edwardsville, Belleville, Lebanon, and Caseyville.   She used 
her position of trust to steal pain medications like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine from 
vulnerable patients.   After taking the drugs for her personal use, Mohler would often destroy or 
modify the patient’s records to cover up the thefts.   This meant the patient’s records would show 
Mohler had given him or her pain medication, when in fact they had often suffered without it.

Mohler is one of several medical professionals recently charged with stealing medication from 
patients.   In  April,  a  nurse,  Krista  Brenner,  was  indicted  on  similar  charges  for  
stealing  pain medication while working at senior care facilities in the Metro East area in 2019.   
In September, another  nurse,  Joseph  Mattingly,  was  sentenced  on  charges  of  stealing  pain  
medication  from residents while working at a center for adults with intellectual disabilities in 
2018.

The investigation was conducted by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, 
Office of Inspector General - Office of Investigations and the Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud 
Control Bureau.

If you suspect or know of an individual or company that is not complying with healthcare laws or 
public aid programs, you may report this activity to the local office of the U.S. Department of 
Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, or you may call 1.800.447.8477.
 

Updated October 15, 2021