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Bond reduction granted for Bargo

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Cheryl A. Bargo
GREENCASTLE -- After having her bond reduced, a Greencastle woman accused of forging multiple narcotics prescriptions was able to post bond and was released from the Putnam County Jail on Thursday.

Cheryl A. Bargo, 48, of Van Bibber Lake had been in jail since her arrest on June 9. She is facing three counts of Class C felony forgery and three counts of Class D felony obtaining a controlled substance by fraud.

At her initial hearing, Bargo entered not guilty pleas to all charges. Judge Matthew Headley set her bond at $20,000 with 10 percent allowed and appointed Public Defender Todd Sallee to represent Bargo.

On June 25, Sallee filed a motion for bond reduction. On July 1, Headley granted the motion and reduced Bargo's bond to $10,000 with 10 percent allowed.

On Thursday, $1,000 was posted and Bargo was released. As a condition of her bond, she must report daily to the Putnam County Adult Probation Department and submit to random drug screens.

A pretrial conference in Bargo's case is set for July 22 at 9 a.m.

Court records alleged that while Bargo was employed as a licensed practical nurse at Tri-County Medical in Roachdale, she stole blank prescription pads. Dr. Ray Howell and officer manager Nancy Schubert of Tri-County Medical contacted authorities on Oct. 9, 2009 to report the thefts. Howell and Schubert told police they believed Bargo took the prescription pads and that she had been forging prescriptions.

An affidavit of probable cause said Bargo commenced employment at Tri-County Medical on Dec. 1, 2008, and that she began committing acts of prescription fraud on Jan. 2, 2009.

Court records said Bargo forged prescriptions for various narcotics including hydrocodone, oxycontin, oxycodone and alprazolam.

She wrote the prescriptions for several different people and had them filled at pharmacies in Putnam and Rush counties in Indiana and in Oxford, Ohio.

Bargo has been charged with drug-related crimes in the past. She was charged in April 2008 with Class C felony possession of methamphetamine and Class A misdemeanors possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. Under the terms of a plea agreement, she pled guilty to the marijuana charge and the other two charges were dismissed.

Bargo received a one-year Indiana Department of Correction sentence, all of which was suspended. She was on probation without incident from Oct. 7, 2008 until June 24, 2009, when her probation case was closed.

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Shame on her she needs her nurse licensed taken and never allowed in this type of work setting again. No matter what the outcome of this. You have to wonder how long she has been getting away with crap like this...She needs locked up period.

-- Posted by takeastand on Sat, Jul 10, 2010, at 11:44 AM

Interesting... especially since her nursing license has expired October 31, 2008. They should have checked that information before they hired her.

-- Posted by IndyNurse on Sat, Jul 10, 2010, at 1:41 PM

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