Report: Soledad prison nurses being investigated

Associated Press Published: November 18, 2012
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MONTEREY, Calif. (AP) — A newspaper is reporting that state and federal officials are conducting parallel investigations into allegations of wrongdoing by some nurses at a Soledad prison.

The Monterey Herald (http://bit.ly/ZTY9N0 ) reports that investigators are looking into possible payroll fraud, as well as accusations that as far back as 2009, some nurses diverted pharmaceutical narcotics that were intended for inmates, and falsified medical records to cover up for the missing drugs at Soledad's Correctional Training Facility.

Under a court order, health care at the prison is being overseen by the federal receiver's office.

A spokeswoman for the office, Joyce Hahoe, said the agencies investigating include the state Auditor's Office, the Department of Consumer Affairs and the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

A spokeswoman man for the California Department of Corrections confirmed the investigations, while saying the department is taking "appropriate action."

Information from: The Monterey County Herald, http://www.montereyherald.com