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Former Massachusetts nurse sentenced to probation for stealing fentanyl, including from a patient



BOSTON – A former nurse was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for diverting opioids from two Massachusetts hospitals.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Justice, 33-year-old Lisa Tarr of St. Petersburg, Fla., was sentenced by U.S. Senior District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to five years of probation, with the first year spent in home detention. In October 2022, Tarr pleaded guilty to four counts of unlawfully obtaining controlled substances by fraud, deception and subterfuge.

In August 2018, Tarr was a Student Nurse working at a Boston-area hospital. Tarr admitted to investigators at the hospital that she had stolen and self-injected fentanyl, a Schedule II controlled substance, from the hospital.

In 2020, while working for another Boston-area hospital, Tarr stole an infusion bag containing fentanyl that was being used to treat a patient. On another occasion in 2020, while still working at the second hospital, Tarr stole multiple syringes of hydromorphone, a Schedule II controlled substance, from a locked drug cabinet.

United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins; Fernando McMillan, Special Agent in Charge of the Food and Drug Administration, Office of Criminal Investigations, New York Field Office; and Robert H. Goldstein, MD, PhD, Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kelly Begg Lawrence, Chief of Rollins’ Health Care Fraud Unit, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan Panich of Rollins’ Narcotics & Money Laundering Unit prosecuted the case.



  1. Paul E Hacker

    May 9, 2023 at 8:55 am

    So in plain words do the crime and spend no time .. stealing pain med’s from a patient does not get much lower than that … I’m sure there are all sorts of issues … bad childhood .. not enough hugs ..her race held her back .. the list goes on ..sets poor example for some and excellent example for others wanting to do the same thing .. seems to be the theme of our country last few years ..

  2. Laurie

    May 9, 2023 at 11:28 am

    I TOTALLY agree! Oh, and I’m sure she will get to keep her Nursing license as well! There is no justice, an MD gets caught writing bogus scripts for patients, and selling opiods to DEA agents. Her home is raided and they find a suitcase full of gold and almost a million dollars. She gets probation and KEEPS her license? But then others have to relinquish their license and still go to Federal prison? What’s good for the goose should be good for the gander!

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