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Nurse accused of stealing painkillers

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May 10, 2014 at 6:49 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota nurse is accused of stealing powerful painkillers from patients and sneaking in saline solution to cover up her crimes.

Thirty-two-year-old Cali Arndt of Cottage Grove was charged in federal court with stealing morphine, fentanyl and other narcotics for several months in 2012 while working at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina.

The Minnesota Board of Nursing says Arndt resigned from Southdale on October 30th, 2012, the day after an investigation into the thefts began. The board suspended her license a few months later.

According to the board's consent order, Arndt said she had been treating her chronic back pain with Percocet and developed an addiction.

A Southdale Hospital spokeswoman would not say how many patients may have been affected.

The Star Tribune reports Arndt and her attorney declined comment.

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