- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) - A former nurse who authorities said acknowledged drinking four or five beers in the hours before assisting an operation at a Pennsylvania veterans’ hospital could see charges dismissed following completion of a federal diversion program.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Times Leader (https://bit.ly/2fLCusj ) reports that 61-year-old Richard Pieri earlier this year entered the pre-trial diversion program, under which officials said he must acknowledge responsibility but isn’t asked to admit guilt. His attorney didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Wednesday.

Authorities allege that Pieri stumbled into the Wilkes-Barre (WILKS’-ba-ree) VA Medical Center in February 2015 and aided in an emergency surgery, later saying he had forgotten he was on call and had been drinking at the Mohegan Sun Pocono casino. He was charged with state and later federal reckless endangering counts.

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