Bolivar county nurse facing charges she took drugs from hospice patients

Jackson, MS‹A Bolivar County nurse has been arrested and charged with taking
drugs from patients at the hospice where she worked, announced Attorney
General Jim Hood today.

Linda T. Kittle, age 56, of Cleveland, a registered nurse (RN) and formerly
Director of Nursing at Grace Community Hospice in Hollandale, turned herself
in to Bolivar County authorities on Monday. Her arrest follows indictment
by the Bolivar County Grand Jury on two counts of ³obtaining a controlled
substance by means of fraudŠ². The indictment alleges in each count that
Kittle took possession of sixty (60) tablets of the drug Oxycodone, a
controlled substance, by obtaining a physician¹s prescription for a patient,
filling it at a local pharmacy and then converting it to her own use.

Kittle waived arraignment on the indictment, entered a plea of not guilty,
and was released on her own recognizance pending trial. If convicted, she
faces up to 10 years behind bars. As with all cases, the defendant is
presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court
of law.

The case is being investigated by Eddie Boyd of the Attorney General¹s
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Prosecution of the case will be handled by
Special Assistant Attorney General Garland Lyell.