Matthew Leininger was charged with five counts of theft by swindle in after stealing drugs from the Minneapolis VA. According to the criminal complaint, Leininger was a nurse at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The VA center uses a machine that controls the medication, which allows nurses to get the controlled substances. Each nurse has a number and password or fingerprint to use the machine and the nurses have to indicate which patient the drugs are for. The fingerprint method is the one most commonly used at the center and a password can only be used with permission and when a second employee is there. He only had access to use his fingerprint, not a password. Employees then have to count the number of doses that the machine dispenses and have to document any excess wasting of the drug. There were multiple occasions where Leininger took the drugs out of the machine without any documentation that the drug was given to a patient or wasted. The drugs in question are Oxycodone, Fentanyl, Hydromorphone, Morphine and Midazolam. Each time, Leininger logged into the machine to get the drugs to administer to patients. There was also several other times that the drugs were removed without a record of what happened to the partial waste. During the investigation, Leininger later admitted to using the drugs to help with his mental health. He also said he knew he was not supposed to take the dugs and that they were not prescribed to him.
A complaint summons was issued on September 5, 2017 for a hearing on September 22, 2017. Leininger failed to show up at the hearing and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.
As previously blogged on, theft by Swindle means that the person had the intent to swindle or cheat another and that measures were taken to defraud or cheat someone out of property, money, or an instrument by means of a false pretense to the benefit of the defendant. There can be many different scenarios where someone can be charged with theft by swindle such as writing a bad check. Keller Law Offices has handled many theft by swindle cases involving healthcare companies billing the Department of Human Services for services not actually rendered by nurses. Keller Law Offices has also handled other theft by swindle cases involving writing bad checks and swindling family members out of money from a trust and family estate. For more information on the definition, possible penalties, and defenses for theft by swindle cases, contact Keller Law Offices.
If you have been charged with a theft or theft by swindle, contact Keller Law Offices for a free consultation. We will be able to negotiate with the prosecutor for a better offer or take your case to trial. Keller Law Offices will also obtain all the evidence in the case to ensure we have the best defense possible. Max Keller is an aggressive Minnesota defense attorney. Call 952-913-1421 for a free consultation or visit the firm’s website at www.kellerlawoffices.com. If you being investigated for a crime, no not make a statement before consulting with a Minnesota defense attorney. Leininger’s admission in this case create a hardship for him as the State now has the intent element satisfied. Call Keller Law offices if you are being investigated for any crime in Minnesota.