- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a former director of a Jefferson County nursing home has been convicted for stealing hydrocodone pills.

WVTM-TV reports (https://bit.ly/2dAx2n2 ) 56-year-old Marie White Tucker of Carbon Hill was convicted of second-degree theft Wednesday. Tucker was accused of stealing more than 1,800 pills from the nursing home.

Tucker, a registered nurse, was director of nursing at North Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Evidence at trial showed she was taking hydrocodone that had been discontinued or was to be destroyed. The theft was discovered when staff reported the medication, which is a controlled substance, hadn’t been logged correctly.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Clyde Jones ordered Tucker taken into custody immediately following her conviction. She is set to be sentenced Dec. 12. She faces between one and 10 years in prison.

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Information from: WVTM-TV, https://www.nbc13.com/index.html

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