PINELLAS PARK — An Oldsmar woman whose nursing license had expired used fake credentials to get hired as a nurse by a Pinellas Park doctor, then used the doctor's prescription pads to write fraudulent oxycodone prescriptions, authorities said.
Karena Josephine Morehead, 35, was arrested Thursday. She is charged with unlicensed practice of a health care profession and several counts of trafficking in oxycodone and obtaining oxycodone by fraud, according to jail records.
In July 2010, Morehead used a fake nursing license, purportedly from the Florida Department of Health, to get hired as a licensed practical nurse by Dr. Neelam Uppal, who has an office on Park Boulevard, say Pinellas County sheriff's deputies. But Morehead's license had expired in 2003.
Deputies added that Morehead obtained oxycodone by writing prescriptions for the drug in the name of her mother and sister.