Former rehab center employee admits to stealing drugs from facility

Former rehab center employee admits to stealing drugs from facility
Jason Matthew Dye (Photo source: Attorney General's Office)

MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Part of his job was to make sure medications were accounted for at a Pine Belt rehabilitation facility, but he ended up stealing them instead.

Jason Matthew Dye, 39, pleaded guilty to obtaining a Schedule II controlled substance by larceny or deception Wednesday in Marion County Circuit Court.

Dye, of Hattiesburg, is a former employee of Columbia Rehabilitation and Health Center. According to Attorney General Jim Hood, Dye admitted to stealing hydrocodone from the facility while he worked there.

Dye worked at the health center as a risk manager. Hood said Dye was auditing the narcotics when he stole them from a secure location.

"It's a shame when the people we entrust with our care commit a criminal act," said Hood. "I thank our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Judge McDonald for holding our healthcare workers accountable."

Judge Claiborne McDonald sentenced Dye to serve one year in prison, followed by three years of supervised probation and one year of unsupervised probation for the crime. Dye was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and $1,000 to the Public Defender's Fund.