- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Two women have pleaded guilty in separate cases handled by an Oklahoma attorney general’s office unit that investigates improper and illegal acts inside facilities accepting Medicaid funds to care for the elderly, disabled and people with special needs.

The Oklahoman reported (http://bit.ly/1H5HIWx ) the action on Friday.

Christina Deann Whalen, 42, pleaded guilty earlier this week to single counts of obtaining a controlled substance and larceny of controlled dangerous substances. The Salina, Oklahoma woman admitted to stealing more than 5,000 hydrocodone tablets over a three-month period in 2011, according to a statement from the attorney general’s office.

In addition to the five-years’ probation she must complete as part of her guilty plea, Whalen is required to surrender her nursing license and is “banned from working with elderly, vulnerable adults or children during probation,” the release states.

She also was ordered to pay back about $4,600 to cover the cost of the investigation, as well as other fines and fees.

The second worker, Marcia Nicole Alaniz, 34, pleaded guilty to single counts of verbal abuse by a caretaker, assault and battery and malicious intimidation and harassment.

Authorities claimed Alainz taunted a developmentally disabled resident and shot two videos on her cellphone depicting abuse of the same victim. One video depicted the mucus-licking incident; the other showed Alaniz and a co-worker harassing the person.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, www.newsok.com

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