Tricities.com reported the story of the nursing home employee named Andrew Griffith accused of stealing medications from residents. The Sullivan County Grand Jury indicted the LPN on charges of abuse, neglect, or exploitation of a dependent adult, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, deceit or theft, and theft of property.
Nurse Griffith worked at Wexford House Nursing Home for three years until April. The Kingsport nursing home terminated Griffith after employees found pills missing during one of four daily medication cart audits. Griffith was able to cover his tracks for a period of time as he stole medicine. Those pills were prescribed to anywhere from two to five patients.
After reporting Griffith to police, it took the TBI four months to put together its case against the man. According to the TBI, the former employee violated his patients’ trust.
"When you leave your loved one in the care of another person, you expect them to be responsible and to take good care of them," TBI Spokesperson Kristin Helm said. "Unfortunately, he was not doing that."