HOME HEALTH WORKER ARRESTED FOR STEALING MEDICATION FROM PATIENT

01/14/2015


Mary Sue Close

     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested a home health worker, 53 year old MARY SUE CLOSE of Yellville, after she admitted to stealing prescription medication from one of her patients.

     It was reported to the Sheriff’s Office on December 29th that tramadol and alprazolam pills were missing from a dresser drawer in the victim’s bedroom.  The victim had noticed that some of her medications had been missing during the past couple of months.  On December 29th, prior to the arrival of MARY SUE CLOSE at the residence, the victim and her daughter counted all the pills.  After MARY CLOSE left the residence, they re-counted the pills and found that 18 alprazolam and 20 tramadol pills were missing.

     On January 9th, MARY SUE CLOSE was interviewed by an investigator and admitted to stealing pills from the victim over the past two months.  She was arrested by warrant on January 12th and booked into the Detention Center on charges of:

Controlled Substances – Fraudulent Practices – Felony
Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance (alprazolam) – Misdemeanor
Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substance (tramadol) – Misdemeanor
Theft of Property – Misdemeanor

     MARY SUE CLOSE was released from custody after posting $10,000 bond.  She will appear in Circuit Court to answer on January 22nd.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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