Medication theft leads to probation

A former manager of Farmington Square was sentenced to probation for stealing pain medication intended for Alzheimer's patients.

Becky Leigh Maners, 41, of the 2000 block of Medford's College Way, pleaded guilty Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court to two counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment, a felony. Maners was arrested April 3 at the Poplar Drive care facility after stealing more than 1,000 hydrocodone pills. Maners was addicted to the powerful pain pills, said her defense attorney, Paul Moser.

Employees of Farmington Square alerted police when discrepancies were found in Maners' prescription drug paperwork. An investigation showed that Maners had not made a record of medication intended for two Alzheimer's patients, whose conditions improved after Maners' arrest.

Circuit Court Judge Patricia Crain ordered Maners to serve three years' probation during which she cannot work as a care provider. Maners was released after one day in the Jackson County Jail.

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