By Press Release
JACKSON – A Chickasaw County nurse has been arrested on charges involving possession of a controlled substance, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
Vanessa Thompson, age 52, of Caledonia, Mississippi turned herself in to the Chickasaw County Sheriff’s Department today after being indicted on four counts of acquiring or obtaining possession of a controlled substance or prescription by misrepresentation or fraud. At the times the crimes are alleged to have occurred, Thompson was working as an LPN at Shearer Richardson Memorial Nursing Home. She is alleged in the indictment to have signed out the substances Valium and Lortab under the pretense of providing medical care, but instead converted the narcotics to her own use.
Thompson was released on a $20,000 bond. If convicted, she faces up to 20 years in prison and up to $4,000 in fines. As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case is being handled by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and is being investigated by Joe Sanderson and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Sue Perry.
No court dates have yet been set.