Ex-nurse charged with stealing drugs, falsifying records

Published Oct 11, 2018 at 4:00pm

NEW HARTFORD — A Herkimer County man is accused of working as a practical nurse on an expired certification and stealing drugs from his place of employment.

Police said Jonathan F. Hosford, 34, of Richfield Springs, worked at a local rehabilitation center as a licensed practical nurse when he started stealing medicine that had been prescribed to the residents. Police said Hosford’s nursing certification also expired, but he continued working for at least a month at the facility.

The missing narcotics were reported to police in late July. Following an investigation, Hosford was taken into custody this week.

Hosford is charged with one count each of petty larceny, first-degree falsifying business records, unauthorized practice of a profession and fifth and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance, police stated. He was arraigned in Town Court and was released on his own recognizance. He is scheduled to reappear in court.