The former director of the Bledsoe County Ambulance Service took at least $2,500 worth of Morphine and Demerol during an 18-month period, according to a report released by the Comptroller's office.
Comptroller's Division of Investigations, along with the Tennessee Bureau of
Investigation, launched an inquiry after receiving a report of excessive
purchases of controlled substances by the ambulance service.
Comptroller's investigators reviewed purchase and use records for controlled
substances for the period from November 1, 2011 through April 30 of this year
to determine usage by the ambulance service.
Comptroller's report details how the former ambulance service director forged
the signature of the county medical director on Drug Enforcement Administration
order forms on at least 17 occasions. Those forms were presented to pharmacies
for purchases billed to Bledsoe County.
former ambulance service director resigned earlier this year after he admitted
to using controlled substances purchased by Bledsoe County Ambulance Service
under the forged signature of the medical director.