Kimball man sentenced for stealing meds

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Mar 21, 2013 at 6:51 am

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) A former nurse has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing painkiller medication at St. Cloud Hospital.

A federal judge Wednesday also ordered 43-year-old Blake Daniel Zenner of Kimball to pay $340,000 in restitution.

Zenner pleaded guilty last September to one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

In his plea agreement, Zenner admitted that he siphoned the medication from IV bags at St. Cloud Hospital from November 2010 to March 2011.

Prosecutors say he sometimes injected the bags with saline solution to replace the missing drugs.  The government alleges about 25 hospital patients were infected with bacteria as a result.

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