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Former worker accused of stealing medications intended for Summit group-home patients

Beacon Journal staff report

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A worker assigned to two Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board group homes is facing criminal charges alleging she stole medications intended for patients and replaced them with over-the-counter alternatives.

Jennifer Evans, 32, of Akron, was arrested Tuesday by sheriff’s detectives on charges of theft of drugs and tampering with drugs. She was freed on a $10,000 bond after an initial court hearing in Barberton Municipal Court.

Evans was employed by Hattie Larlham at the time. She has since been terminated, authorities said.

Board officials contacted deputies earlier this month after suspicions arose that one group home patient in Copley Township and another in Cuyahoga Falls were not receiving their proper pain medications, authorities said.

Sheriff’s detectives said their investigation showed Evans “had been stealing prescription pain medications from group home residents and replacing them with over-the-counter drugs,” sheriff’s spokesman Bill Holland said Wednesday.

The drugs taken were diazepam, a generic form of Valium, and lorazepam, a generic version of Ativan, Holland said. Court records show the patients were given Tylenol instead.

Holland said the thefts appear to have taken place during a two-week span in July and involved medications of two patients.


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