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COPY-Nurse faked prescriptions for 3,400 pills, Iredell sheriff says

STATESVILLE, NC (WBTV) - An Iredell County nurse was arrested last week after authorities say she used her employer's computerized system to create more than 60 fake drug prescriptions for 3,400 painkiller pills.

The prescriptions were then filled at a pharmacy in Mooresville in the name of the woman's "associates and family members," Iredell County Sheriff Phillip Redmond said in a press release.

The incidents went on for about 1 ½ years while the woman, a Licensed Practical Nurse, was employed for OrthoCarolina, Redmond said.

The method used to change at least 61 prescriptions included compromising the "electronic prescription system," operated by the nurses' employer, Redmond said. About 3,4000 hydrocodone pills – also known as Vicodin – were the drug that was filled through the scheme, Redmond said.

At the time of the woman's arrest, sheriff's officials executed a search warrant at her house and seized prescription bottles, envelopes and receipts pertaining to the fraud operation, Redmond said.

Kara Lee Roland, 35, of Milbros Lane, Mooresville, was charged with two counts of trafficking opium, a Level III offense, Redmond said.

Roland reports on her MySpace page that she is an "ortho" -- an orthopedic -- nurse and is originally from Missouri.

"I love my job as a ortho nurse," she wrote on MySpace. "I work with great people. I am originally from Missouri - moved to NC about 6 years ago."

Roland could potentially be charged with an additional 59 counts of opium trafficking, Redmond said.

Roland was placed in the Iredell County Jail under a $10,000 secured bond. The investigation is ongoing.

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