Woman accused of stealing pills at Westlake assisted living facility sentenced
CLEVELAND- An employee of a Westlake assisted living facility accused of stealing medications from her a resident was sentenced on Monday.
Christina Melaragno, executive director of the Gardens at Westlake, was arrested in October following a year-long investigation that involved the Drug Enforcement Agency. Police said she stole prescription pain killers, including Oxycodone, from a resident and replaced them with over-the-counter pills like Tylenol.
Melaragno pleaded guilty to stealing from only one resident. On Monday, she was sentenced to two years of community control. She also must pay a $5,000 fine.
Melaragno faced a 20-count indictment including charges of theft, drug possession, burglary and drug trafficking.