Former nurse sentenced for stealing drugs from Baystate

Herlocker would replace medicine with sterile saline solution

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A man from Vermont was sentenced on Thursday in U.S. District Court for stealing pain medication from Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

According to U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz, 41-year-old Daniel Herlocker of Brattleboro, Vermont, was sentenced to two years of probation, including three months of home confinement.

22News first reported about this case in January 2016, when Herlocker pleaded guilty to “acquiring and obtaining controlled substances by deception and subterfuge.”

While Herlocker was working as a nurse at Baystate Franklin in 2014, Ortiz said he stole hydromorphone and morphine from sterile cartridge units. The units were being stored in an automated drug dispensing machine.

Ortiz said Herlocker would replace the medicine in the sterile needles with sterile saline solution.

NOTE: United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Russell Hermann, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, New York Field Office; and Monica Bharel, MD, MPH, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Division of Food and Drugs, Drug Control Program, made the announcement. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen L. Goodwin of Ortiz’s Springfield Branch Office.

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