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October 08, 2013

LITTLE ROCK – Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that a Saline County man accused of stealing a nursing home resident’s prescription painkillers has been convicted of obtaining drugs by fraud.

Jeremiah Rabon, 36, of Bryant pleaded guilty Monday in Saline County Circuit Court in Benton. Circuit Judge Bobby McCallister sentenced Rabon to three years of probation and assessed $1,450 in fines and costs. Obtaining a controlled substance by fraud is a Class C felony.

Rabon is a licensed practical nurse.

“It is unfortunate that a health-care worker would abuse his position to obtain prescription drugs intended for a patient,” McDaniel said. “When those we trust to care for our family members and friends violate the law, then the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in my office and other law enforcement agencies across the state will investigate and prosecute them.”

Rabon was employed as an LPN by Southern Trace Rehab and Care Center in Bryant. The center began an internal investigation into Rabon on Nov. 2, 2012, after colleagues said he was behaving abnormally. He later admitted having stolen the prescription medication intended for a resident. Rabon said he did not ingest the pills himself, but offered no plausible explanation of what became of the pills. Rabon is no longer employed by the nursing home.

Twenty-second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Ken Casady appointed an attorney with McDaniel’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit as a special deputy prosecutor in the case.

To report Medicaid fraud or abuse and neglect in nursing homes, call the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s tip line, (866) 810-0016.