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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of West Virginia

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Lincoln County nurse pleads guilty to obtaining drugs by fraud

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – United States Attorney Booth Goodwin announced that Betty Jo Tudor, 35, of Alkol, West Virginia, pleaded guilty today in federal court in Charleston to obtaining hydrocodone by fraud. Tudor, a former nurse at Sweetbriar Assisted Living in Dunbar, West Virginia, admitted that in June of 2013 she stole hydrocodone intended for patients for her own personal use and falsified records to cover up the theft.  

Tudor faces up to 4 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  United States District Judge John T. Copenhaver, Jr., scheduled the sentencing for June 18, 2015.

The case is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Department of Health and Human Services.  Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Rada Herrald is handling the prosecution.

This case is being prosecuted as part of an ongoing effort led by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia to combat the illicit sale and misuse of prescription drugs and heroin.  The United States Attorney’s Office, joined by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, is committed to aggressively pursuing and shutting down illegal pill trafficking, eliminating open air drug markets, and curtailing the spread of opiate painkillers and heroin in communities across the Southern District.

Updated March 18, 2015