Former nurse sentenced in painkiller theft from hospice patient

Aimee Ambrose
York Dispatch

A Springettsbury Township woman will lose her nursing license after she admitted stealing painkillers from a hospice patient three years ago.

Dana Aldinger, 55, was sentenced to one year of probation Monday by a federal court judge in Harrisburg. She was also fined $525 and ordered to surrender her license as part of a plea agreement, the U.S. district attorney’s office said.

Aldinger pleaded guilty to a count of theft in connection with health care in December after waiving an indictment by a grand jury, court documents show.

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The former licensed practical nurse was accused of stealing at least 15 Oxycodone pills from a patient receiving hospice care at a personal care home where she was an administrator in York County around August 2019. She also allegedly falsified medical records to conceal the theft, court records show.

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The charging information in the case stated the value of the pills was less than $100.

— Reach Aimee Ambrose at aambrose@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @aimee_TYD.