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Nurse gets probation for stealing controlled-substance

A nurse from Superior was sentenced in federal court today for entering a hospital, falsely representing herself as a nurse employed at the facility and stealing a pain killer.

A nurse from Superior was sentenced in federal court today for entering a hospital, falsely representing herself as a nurse employed at the facility and stealing a pain killer.

Maria Ann Mihalik, 31, was sentenced to three years probation, which includes 180 days in a halfway house and 150 hours of community service, according to a news release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minnesota.

In March, Mihalik pleaded guilty to one count of a obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

In the plea agreement, she admitted entering Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids on May 5, 2010, and obtaining the controlled substance Dilaudid for personal benefit.

"The defendant in this case exhibited a blatant and heartless disregard for the patients she victimized. We commend the U.S. Attorney's Office for its prosecution of this matter," said Dan Henson, special agent in charge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Office of Criminal Investigations in Chicago, in a prepared statement following today's sentencing

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This case was the result of an investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration-Office of Criminal Investigations and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly A. Svendsen.

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