Former Registered Nurse Arraigned on Felony Charges

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FRESNO – A former Registered Nurse has been arraigned on felony charges of obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

An investigation led by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation Central Valley Field Office found that in February 2015 Jason Burham Smith had removed and tampered with Fentanyl and Morphine vials while employed at LDAC Vascular Centers in Fresno. Video surveillance from the facility showed Smith removing the narcotics from the narcotics cabinet, although he was not authorized to do so.

Smith appeared in Fresno County Superior Court Monday and pled not guilty to two felony counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud. He also pled not guilty to one enhancement count of committing a crime while released on bail in a previous case. His bail was set at $190,000.

In March 2015, Smith surrendered his Registered Nurse license to the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) as part of a stipulated settlement. In January 2015, the BRN filed an Accusation against Smith’s license for failing to properly document the administration and wastage of prescription medicine and illegally obtaining controlled substances for personal use.

Smith’s next court appearance is scheduled for April 27, 2015.

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 The Department of Consumer Affairs promotes and protects the interests of California Consumers. Consumers can file complaints against licensees by contacting the Department of Consumer Affairs at (800) 952-5210. Consumers can also file a complaint online at www.dca.ca.gov.