Former nursing director charged with medication theft

The former nursing director of a Grand Rapids nursing home is facing seven counts of medication theft.

According to a release from the Itasca County Attorney’s Office, 46-year-old Kimberly Korpi of Goodland appeared in court Monday, and is also facing a gross misdemeanor count of mistreatment of a resident.

Korpi was the director of nursing at Majestic Pines, and according to the criminal complaint, nurses at the facility told the home’s executive director that patients’ narcotic medications were frequently placed in the overflow cabinet in Korpi’s office.

Korpi, according to the statement from nurses in the criminal complaint, would frequently make up excuses as to why she couldn’t access the cabinet, or be unwilling to come to the office on nights or weekends to get the medications from the cabinet.

Nursing staff became concerned about the medication irregularities beginning in Fall of 2017, with the investigation beginning almost a year later.

Korpi will make her next court appearance in January.

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