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June 27, 2014

LITTLE ROCK – A Saline County woman accused of stealing prescription narcotics intended for residents at the healthcare facility where she worked was arrested today following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced.

Tasha Lenard, 24, of Bryant, was arrested on two counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or theft, a Class D felony. She was released from the Saline County Detention Center on $10,000 bond.

Lenard formerly worked as a licensed practical nurse at the Department of Human Services’ Arkansas Health Center in Benton. She is accused of taking for her own personal use at least two dosages of morphine and 10 methadone tablets that had been prescribed for two residents of the facility.

Lenard has voluntarily surrendered her nursing license.

Charges are merely accusations, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

To report suspected instances of Medicaid fraud or abuse and neglect in nursing homes, call the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit hotline at (866) 810-0016.