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Warrants: Ultrasound technician stole from local hospitals

Posted July 8, 2010 3:55 p.m. EDT
Updated July 8, 2010 6:19 p.m. EDT

— 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.