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Woman sentenced for impersonating nurse

Published 9:37am Thursday, June 14, 2012



A Chesapeake woman tearfully accepted a five-year prison sentence for calling in false prescriptions at a nursing center where she was employed Wednesday in Lawrence County Common Pleas Court.

Sharon Black (aka Sharon Harvey), 38, of 35 Township Road 1007, pleaded guilty in late May to three counts of deception to obtain dangerous drugs, which included a total of 960 hydrocodone tablets and 390 Ambien tablets.

Black called in false prescriptions to Sunset Nursing Center while she was an employee there. Black was not a nurse at the center and was terminated for an unrelated reason before she was charged.

In exchange for her guilty plea, 32 of her 35 drug charges were dropped.

Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Black to five years in prison for two of the remaining counts and 11 months for the other, to be served concurrently. She was also ordered to pay a $7,500 fine and her driver’s license was suspended for one year.

Black was represented by her attorney, Scott Evans.

In other cases:

• Barry Scott Woods, 41, of 818 S. Fourth St., Ironton, was arraigned on four counts of third-degree trafficking in drugs and one count of second-degree trafficking in drugs.

Cooper sentenced Woods to three years in prison for each third-degree count, to be served concurrently. Cooper sentenced Woods to 5 years in prison for the second-degree count, also to run concurrently.

Woods was also ordered to pay mandatory fines and was given a three-year driver’s license suspension.

Woods was represented by attorney Scott Evans.

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