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Two Lee County Nurses Charged with Obtaining Controlled Substances by Fraud

 
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Ft. Myers Regional Operations Center and the Florida Highway Patrol arrested two registered nurses yesterday for obtaining more than 5,000 Oxycodone tablets illegally from medical facilities in Lee County, Fla. over a five-month period. Kimberly Renae Curry, 52, and Debra Himes, 55, both of Cape Coral, Fla., were charged with obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, a third degree felony.

 

The investigation began in June 2011 when agents learned Curry and Himes were going to three different medical clinics and receiving similar type controlled substances from doctors all within the same 30-day period. Curry and Himes are registered nurses in the State of Florida, but currently both have their licenses suspended due to prior complaints.
 
Curry visited doctors 12 separate times all within days of each other from January 2011 through May 2011. During this time frame, Curry obtained 2,160 Oxycodone tablets and 600 Oxycontin tablets illegally.   Himes visited doctors 13 separate times all within days of each other from January 2011 through May 2011. During this time frame Himes obtained 2,190 Oxycodone tablets and 150 Morphine tablets illegally.
 
The subjects were booked into the Lee County Jail.  The case will be prosecuted by the Office of the State Attorney, 20th Judicial Circuit.
 
The arrests are part of a continuing effort by local and state law enforcement to combat the criminal distribution of prescription drugs in Florida. 
 
For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Keith Kameg or Kristi Gordon
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001