Georgia School Nurse Arrested Over Alleged Theft of Students Meds

A school nurse accused of stealing more than $1,500 of students' medication at a Cobb County, Georgia, school has been arrested.

Lindsey Waggoner, 38, allegedly stole the pills from Barber Middle School in Acworth, according to a warrant seen by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which has also reported that the nurse was found in possession of 209 pills by school police.

The ADHD treatments Adderall, Ritalin, Focalin and Evekeo were among the pills Waggoner, from Kennesaw, allegedly had in her possession at the time.

In a letter to parents seen by Channel 2 Action News, Principal Tia Amlett told parents: "We noticed some of our students' medication was missing. We immediately launched an investigation in an attempt to discover what had taken place."

Another part of the letter, reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, told parents that the school had contacted families affected by the situation and added that it would "continue to pursue policies that ensure such behavior does not go unnoticed".

The arrested school staff member referred to in the letter was not named.

Newsweek has contacted the Cobb County Sheriff's Office and the Cobb County School District for comment.

A school district spokesperson told Channel 2 Action News in a statement yesterday that Waggoner was on administrative leave "pending the outcome of the police investigation and criminal charges". The district spokesperson added that it was taking steps to reimburse affected families.

Waggoner was put into county jail on September 19 and faces a felony charge of theft by taking, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which also reports that she was released on a $15,000 bond.

Her arrest came almost a week after a professor at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York, was accused of stealing $200,000 from cancer research funding to pay his mortgage.

Geoffrey Girnun, Director of Cancer Metabolomics at Stony Brook University's Renaissance School of Medicine, allegedly claimed to provide research items and equipment through two companies, but invoiced the university for equipment that was never provided.

An unsealed indictment also accused him of transferring money sent to the two sham companies to his personal bank account over a four-year period beginning in 2013.

He was charged with wire fraud, money laundering and theft of state and federal government funds, according to the indictment. Girnun, who has been placed on administrative leave, pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on $250,000 bail.