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February 18, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that a Baxter County woman has been convicted of stealing pain medication that had been prescribed to residents of the long-term care facility where she worked.

Courtney Lynn Goodwin, 23, of Mountain Home pleaded guilty last week to obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, a Class D felony. Baxter County Circuit Court Judge John Putnam sentenced Goodwin to three years of probation and ordered her to pay a $1,000 fine. Goodwin will be required to attend drug-treatment counseling, and her driver’s license was suspended for six months.

Goodwin, a licensed practical nurse, was a nurse supervisor at Pine Lane Therapy and Living Center in Mountain Home. She is no longer employed at the center.

She was arrested in October 2013 after an internal investigation at the long-term care center and an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Investigators determined that Goodwin had taken for her personal use hydrocodone/acetaminophen pills that had been prescribed to three residents of the center.

To report Medicaid fraud or abuse or neglect in nursing homes, call the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud hotline, (866) 810-0016.