BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A nurse accused of peddling prescription drugs will be in federal court Wednesday. Catherine Vitello is the director of nursing at St. Catherine Laboure Health Care Center, a health care facility attached to Sisters Hospital in Buffalo.
DEA agents say Vitello had access to unused prescription drugs that were meant to be disposed of and on two separate occasions this month, she sold them to a confidential source working with their office. Authorities estimate she earned $60,000 this past year from illegal drug sales.
Last week, DEA Resident Agent in Charge Michelle Spahn said, "[She] was diverting chemicals onto the streets of Buffalo knowing these chemicals or prescription drugs would be for illegal sales on the streets without any concern whatsoever for public health."
If convicted she faces up to 20 years in prison.
Other local medical professionals arrested on similar charges:
- Dr. Pravin Mehta - charged in 2011 with writing illegal prescriptions
- Dr. Matthew Bennett - charged in 2012 with selling prescriptions
- Dr. Daniel Gillick - accused of abusing drugs
- Dr. John Maye - charged last week with selling prescriptions
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