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Wis. Nurse Accused Of Stealing Drugs In Minnesota

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Wisconsin nurse is accused of stealing painkillers meant for patients at a Twin Cities hospital.

Twenty-seven-year-old Maria Anne Mihalik of Superior is accused of entering patients’ rooms at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids last May and taking the painkiller Dilaudid. She was named in a federal charge Friday.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Mihalik didn’t work at the hospital, but police say she was wearing scrubs and an ID badge in an attempt to blend in with other hospital workers.

Her attorney, Robert Lengeling, says he expects the matter will be resolved. He says to his knowledge, no patients were harmed.

Last week, Hennepin County prosecutors charged Sarah May Casareto of Forest Lake with stealing painkiller meant for a patient about to undergo kidney surgery at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis last November.

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