Greensburg nurse sentenced to probation for writing fraudulent prescriptions

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25 Nov. A Greensburg woman is barred from performing duties as a registered nurse practitioner while serving three years of probation for writing fraudulent prescriptions for thousands of pills.

Judge Christopher Feliciani ordered Kari A. Halaut, 55, to continue drug and alcohol treatment during probation. Halaut pleaded no contest Wednesday to allegations of identity theft and Pharmacy Act violations.

She was arrested last year by the attorney general’s office on charges that she used prescription pads from a former employer and wrote prescriptions while working in other medical facilities without the legal authority to do so, according to court documents.

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As of December 2016, she wrote nearly 200 prescriptions for about 7,000 pills, using the names of others to fill the prescriptions, according to court documents. Investigators said they used the state’s prescription drug monitoring program to monitor her prescribing practices. Halaut reportedly collected the drugs from pharmacies.

Halaut received a registered nurse license in 1990 and a certified registered nurse license in 2003, according to state licensing records. Both are suspended.

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Defense attorney Nicole Nino said Halaut will appear before a licensing agency in an attempt to regain her status as a registered nurse. Deputy Attorney General Tom Grace said operating under that type of license is not prohibited as part of the no contest plea.

Feliciani included in his order that Halaut can work as a licensed nurse if she is authorized by the licensing agency.

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Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Renatta via email at [email protected] or via Twitter.

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