Santa Clara County Registered Nurse to Appear in Court


A Santa Clara County Registered Nurse will be in court Thursday for a hearing related to her 2014 arrest for forgery and obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

Registered Nurse Margaret O’Connor will be in court for a felony advanced resolution hearing, the last step before entering a plea.

An investigation led by the Hayward Field Office of the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation found that while working at a local hospital, O’Connor obtained blank prescription pads and wrote 68 prescriptions for her son, her daughter, her husband and herself.  She used the names, signatures, and Drug Enforcement Agency numbers of three different physicians in order to obtain controlled substances without their knowledge.  O’Connor obtained a total of 1,000 Norco and 3,290 Percocet pills.

Last October, the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office filed 38 felony counts, and a warrant was issued for O’Connor’s arrest.  She was arrested at her home by the Campbell Police Department and was charged with 38 counts of prescription forgery and obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

On October 29, 2014, the California Attorney General’s Office, on behalf of the Board of Registered Nursing, obtained a Superior Court order suspending her license and prohibiting her from practicing as a Registered Nurse until her criminal case is resolved.