Former Mercy Iowa City nurse sentenced to probation for painkiller theft

Moander tampered with records, took medications intended for patients

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A former Mercy Iowa City nurse accused of taking prescription painkillers meant for patients was sentenced this week to two years probation after pleading guilty to prohibited acts with a controlled substance.

If Adam John Moander completes his supervised probation without getting into trouble, the felony charge will be cleared from his record. Moander, according to online court records, also must pay a $1,000 within the two-year probationary period.

As part of a plea agreement, the Johnson County Attorney’s Office dismissed 13 charges against Moander in exchange for his guilty plea to the felony prohibited acts charge.

Moander, 30, of North Liberty, was arrested in April 2011 on suspicion of 12 counts of felony prohibited acts, one count of tampering with records and one felony count of dependent adult abuse. Authorities issued a warrant for his arrest after they reported finding evidence he removed a painkiller from an electronic dispensing machine under the names of 12 patients who had been admitted to Mercy for surgery in July and August 2009, according to police.

At the time, Moander was a nurse – but not the victims’ nurse, according to police. And there is no documentation showing the drugs ever made it to the patients, according to Iowa City police.

Moander also was accused of removing narcotics from the hospital’s PYXIS machine under various patient names, causing errors in hospital records. The police department’s criminal complaints don’t say whether the patients were harmed.

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