A Jamaica Estates nurse has been charged with phoning in and doling out unnecessary prescriptions to participants at the Hillside Manor Adult Day Care Center, 188-11 Hillside Ave. in Hollis.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said registered nurse James Williams was charged with unauthorized practice of a profession, falsifying business records, willful violation of health laws, criminal possession of a controlled substance and petit larceny.
If found guilty, Williams faces up to four years in prison.
“Nurses at adult day care centers are trusted to protect their patients, not to expose them to potential harm,” Schneiderman said in a statement.
According to the charges, the 59-year-old diagnosed and treated several participants in the day care, though he was not licensed to do so. As part of his treatment, Williams would call in prescriptions to a local pharmacy under the guise that they were prescribed by a doctor, when in fact they were not.
The alleged prescriptions ordered included Ambien, a controlled substance, and Oxycodone, a narcotic drug. Although there were fortunately no reports of any harm to the adult day care residents, the drugs did pose a significant risk to their health of the adult day care residents.