NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
December 18, 2007
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


     The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has arrested a nurse at a local doctor's office on charges of using her employer's DEA license to illegally place orders for controlled substances.

     41-year old Christine Ann Sampson, with a last known address 913 Middle Drive in Fort Walton Beach, is charged with trafficking in illegal drugs, possession of controlled substances, grand theft, and credit card fraud/grand larceny.

      Investigators say Sampson, who placed orders for office and medical supplies, over-ordered many drugs between March of 2005 and October 2007 without the doctor's knowledge or consent. Sampson charged them to her employer's office credit card in excess of $5000.00, then diverted the substances, either alone or with co-conspirators.

     Investigators say a significant number of the drugs ordered by Sampson were painkillers and anti-anxiety medications, which have a high propensity for abuse and are in high demand on the streets.