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Ferry County nurse sentenced to federal prison for taking patients' medications

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REPUBLIC, Wash. -

A nurse from the Ferry County Hospital has been fired and sentenced to federal prison after she was found taking her patients' medications instead of administering them.

Republic Police Chief Loren Culp says hospital staff caught on quickly, and called police in for assistance.

Officers say that 37-year-old nurse Cory Riehart was using a syringe to suck medication out of injectables and replaced them with saline, then administering it to patients in her care. Chief Culp says he learned that Nurse Riehart worked at multiple other facilities prior to Ferry County Hospital. After contacting the DEA, Chief Culp discovered that the had done this at multiple facilities.

Chief Culp says that if it wasn't for the sharp eye of hospital staff, she may have already moved on and continued her malpractice elsewhere.  

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