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Thief River Falls nurse sentenced for posing as doctor to get drugs

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THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. -- A recently fired nurse was sentenced to 14 days in jail and five years of supervised probation Monday for illegally obtaining prescription drugs by posing as a doctor that she worked for at the MeritCare clinic here.

Melissa Beier, 33, had earlier pleaded guilty to the charge, and her attorney, Kip Fontaine, had asked the court to giver her a "stayed adjudication," which effectively would have acted as a dismissal of the fifth-degree felony charge.

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