– A nurse who formerly worked at the
Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women
in Clinton, N.J., pleaded guilty today to
stealing thousands of prescription and non-prescription
pills from the facility.
Bautista, 49, of Oxford, N.J., pleaded guilty
today to an accusation charging her with
third-degree theft by unlawful taking before
Superior Court Judge Stephen B. Rubin in
Hunterdon County. Bautista is a registered
nurse who was employed by the University
of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
She was assigned to the Edna Mahan Correctional
Facility and the Mountainview Youth Correctional
Facility, both of which are located in Clinton.
pleading guilty, Bautista admitted that
she stole more than 5,780 prescription and
non-prescription pills from the correctional
facility. The pills included pain medications,
such as Percocet and naproxen, antibiotics
such as amoxicillin, penicillin and Cipro,
and over-the-counter medications and products
such as ibuprofen and Vitamin D.
pills, which were in containers bearing
labels identifying the Edna Mahan facility
as their place of origin, were found in
the home in East Stroudsburg, Pa., that
Bautista formerly shared with her estranged
husband. They were turned over to the New
Jersey State Police by the Pennsylvania
Attorney General’s Office. The State
Police charged her by summons on May 10.
the plea agreement, the state will recommend
that Bautista be sentenced to 180 days in
the Hunterdon County Jail and a period of
probation. She will be required to reimburse
the University of Medicine and Dentistry
a total of $842 for the stolen drugs. She
must forfeit her job and will be permanently
barred from public employment in New Jersey.
Judge Rubin scheduled sentencing for Bautista
for July 13.
Deputy Attorney General Anthony A. Picione,
Deputy Chief of the Division of Criminal
Justice Corruption Bureau, and Deputy Attorney
General Victor Salgado took the guilty plea.
The case was investigated by Detectives
Kenneth Lutz and Brian Murphy of the New
Jersey State Police Official Corruption
Bureau. The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s
Office and New Jersey Department of Corrections
Special Investigations Division assisted.