Ex health care worker allegedly sold unused drugs


ELMA, N.Y. (WIVB) – A grand jury has handed down a four-count indictment, charging a former health care worker with selling hydrocodone and other pain killers. The US Attorney’s Office says 41-year-old Catherine Vitello, of Elma, was the director of nursing at the St. Catherine Laboure Health Care Center, in Buffalo, at the time of the incidents.

Vitello is accused of selling unused prescription drugs from her office. The US Attorney’s office says Vitello sold drugs to a source working with the Drug Enforcement Administration on three separate occasions.

Vitello was charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of hydrocodone, fentanyl and alprazolam, and maintaining a drug involved premises. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

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