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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a Janesville care worker has been sentenced in Walworth County for possession of a narcotic drug. Sarah Rekenthaler appeared before Walworth County Circuit Court Judge David Reddy January 10, 2014, and was placed on three years probation, to include 30 days in jail. Other conditions include AODA assessment and follow-through, mental health assessment and payment of court costs. Rekenthaler pleaded guilty on September 26, 2013, to one count of possession of a narcotic drug, a felony; a second count of felony theft was dismissed and read-in for sentencing purposes.
According to the criminal complaint, Rekenthaler worked as a home health aide employed by the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association (VNA). While working at the home of an elderly adult for whom she provided cares, Rekenthaler took a prescription bottle belonging to the resident containing 60 Vicodin pills. The resident’s son witnessed Rekenthaler suspiciously moving near a recliner chair where the pill bottle was always kept in a baggie. The next day, the son was unable to find the baggie containing the bottle. During an investigation by the VNA, Rekenthaler admitted she took the prescription bottle and sold the pills to friends because she needed money to pay her rent.
The case was investigated and prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control and Elder Abuse unit of the Wisconsin Department of Justice. A copy of the amended criminal complaint is available here.