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Warrants: Ultrasound technician stole from local hospitals

Posted July 8, 2010

— A former Rex Hospital technician faces charges that she stole ultrasound equipment from three local hospitals for her own business.

Jenine Marie Ellis, 40, was arrested June 25 in Wake County and charged with two counts of felony larceny and was later charged with a third county by Johnston County authorities.

Affidavits in search warrants returned Thursday claim Ellis stole the equipment from Rex Hospital and WakeMed in Raleigh, and Johnston Memorial Hospital in Smithfield.

Investigators said Ellis advertised her Cary business, Optimal Image LLC, as providing services using technology similar to that which went missing from Rex and WakeMed.

WakeMed surveillance video also captured Ellis in the hospital departments at the time the equipment went missing. Investigators allege that she claimed to be there to repair the equipment but stole it.

Ellis is out of jail on a $60,000 bond, but authorities say more charges are pending. Her court date is scheduled for July 19.

Court records indicate that she also faces numerous other charges, including speeding, driving without a license and prescription drug fraud, for other unrelated crimes. She's also due in court later this month to face those charges.


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  • beachluvr Jul 9, 2010

    She stole 2 probes from Wakemed Cary.
    If you read the search warrants, she was posing as someone who was claiming to work on machines. Looks like they recovered quite a few of the stolen items.
    I hope the judge shows no leniency when it comes to jail time.

  • archmaker Jul 8, 2010

    How did she get it out of the hospital? Heartless

    not everything she stole was a complete machine. it doesn't say in the story, but she stole a transducer from wakemed cary (western wake as they used to call it). a transducer is just the piece commonly known as a 'probe' for, well, um, ob-gyn types of 'internal' scans.

  • Adelinthe Jul 8, 2010

    Well, the good Book says "The Lord helps those who help themselves."

    The law says, "May the Lord help those who get caught helping themselves."

    Somewhere in there, there is a proverb. I am sure of it.

    God bless.


  • liskm Jul 8, 2010

    You'd think with millions unemployed that they would be able to score a hire that wasn't some skanky thief?????

  • shortcake53 Jul 8, 2010

    I guess applying for a small business loan was too much work, so she just "borrowed" what she needed. Wonder how she sneaked an ultrsound machine out of the building??? Big purse????

  • abbync2001 Jul 8, 2010

    Optimal Imaging, LLC

  • kmichael Jul 8, 2010

    She should be locked up for life

  • tooter9565 Jul 8, 2010

    Ok, you steal hospital equipment and open your own business using the stolen equipment....what a waste of an education! I guess she should have taken some business courses with the ultrasound tech classes.

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Jul 8, 2010

    "Investigators said Ellis advertised her Cary business, Opitmal Image LLC"

    LOL Is that a typo on behalf of WRAL or did this chick actually spell 'Optimal' wrong when registering her business name? Hahahahahaa

  • MileageDontTakeYourKidsCrap Jul 8, 2010

    "What did she do with the equipment?"

    The article states she used it for her own business. Lots of ultrasound techs are independent contractors.