DANVILLE — A home health nurse in Boone County, WV, was arrested Friday, charged with the abuse of two incapacitated adults.
According to court documents, 51-year-old Terri Lynn Bell of Danville committed the crimes over the month of February of this year.
The documents first explain Bell’s alleged crimes against the first victim. Those documents read that Bell was working as nurse and was going to the victim’s apartment to care for him. The victim suffered from a mental disability that makes her “unable to carry out the daily activities necessary to sustain life.”
The documents go one to read that Bell stole the victim’s prescribed medication, in this case, Clonazepam. That female victim had to be hospitalized as a result of not receiving her medication.
Deputies with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office said Bell admitted to them that she stole the victim’s medication and replaced it with former medication and birth control pills.
Bell’s second victim, according to those same documents, is a male, who was in the same state as the previous, unable to take care of himself.
In this case, however, Bell “attempted to present or cause a controlled substance prescription claim to be made to the medical programs of the Department of Health and Human Resources.”
Bell allegedly obtained possession of that victim’s Clonazepam “by unlawfully removing the pills” and once again, substituting other medications.
The male victim, according to deputies, was also hospitalized as a result of not having his medication.
Bell is charged with two counts of abuse or neglect of an incapacitated adult, two counts of obtaining by fraud, and attempted Medicaid fraud, bribery, false claims, and conspiracy.