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Nurse pleads guilty to illegal drug use

Leyla Samadi, 54, a former Buffalo resident and nurse at Sisters Hospital, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to illegally obtaining controlled substances by fraud.

U.S Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said that for her illegal activity from late November 2014 until at least Jan. 7, 2015 Samadi faces a prison term of up to four years and a fine of up to $250,000 when she is sentenced sometime in May. She now lives in St. Mary’s County, Maryland.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George C. Burgasser said Samadi injected herself with Demerol and Hydromophone drugs by using a machine at the Buffalo hospital that automatically dispensed liquid pain medications. She would use her username and fingerprint scan and identify the narcotic and the patient it was supposed to be administered to, but then inject herself with the narcotics, authorities said. She would cover her crimes by canceling the machine’s date, claiming she had selected the wrong medication for the wrong patient even though she had injected herself with the drug.