Authorities: Nursing assistant tried to fill dead patient's prescription
Posted November 21, 2013
Saint Pauls, N.C. — A 34-year-old nursing assistant from Cumberland County has been charged after allegedly trying to fill a prescription of one of her deceased patients, authorities said.
Maria Dawn Locklear, of 125 Drywall Lane, St. Pauls, is charged with attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud/forgery/subterfuge and attempting to traffic opium by possession.
According to investigators, Locklear was employed as a hospice-registered nursing assistant in Pembroke. On Nov. 11, one of Locklear's patients suffering from colon cancer died.
Four days later, Locklear attempted to fill the patient's prescription for 60 Oxycontin tablets at a Pembroke pharmacy. Locklear was arrested Sunday after returning to pick up the pills.
Locklear was released from the Cumberland County jail on a $5,000 secured bond, and she is scheduled to make a first court appearance Thursday at 2 p.m.