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Junkie Nurse Julie Fronk Stole Patients Drugs
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Star Tribune:

A registered nurse has been sentenced to federal prison for stealing potent pain pills intended for patients and taking them to feed her own addiction.

Julie C. Fronk, 40, of Coon Rapids, was sentenced Monday in Minneapolis to one year in prison, about four months after she pleaded guilty to obtaining by fraud a controlled substance -- in this case, Vicodin -- while working at a home health care agency.

According to the plea agreement, she admitted that from May 2008 through July 2008, she obtained the Vicodin after the pills had been prescribed to others.

Fronk was assistant director of nursing for the health care service and was stealing the medication meant for critically ill patients, Minneapolis police said.

In a presentencing court filing on July 16, Assistant U.S. Attorney Erika R. Mozangue noted Fronk's "history of substance abuse involving alcohol, prescription medications as well as illegal substances."

Mozangue, in that same filing, described the patients who were denied their medication as elderly and "in a particular susceptible state due to their age and medical needs."

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