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A former nurse at the Regional Medical Center is facing five felony charges after she allegedly falsified some records to obtain hydrocodone, a controlled substance used in the treatment of chronic pain.

Janna Celeste Varn, 43, of 1359 Fellowship Drive, Manning, is facing four counts of first-offense theft of a controlled substance and one count of first-offense violation of the drug distribution law.

Varn’s charges stem from multiple incidents between March 6, 2019 and July 26, 2019, according to warrants issued by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Orangeburg County Magistrate Don West read parts of the warrants aloud in court during Varn’s appearance on Thursday afternoon.

West asked Varn about her employment at RMC. She told the court she left the hospital in July.

“So you left on your own or did they terminate you?” he asked.

“Both,” Varn replied.

Varn told the court she’s not working at the moment.

“I’m taking care of my mom. She has terminal cancer,” she said.

Varn told the court she worked for two years at RMC and previously 15 years at Tuomey Hospital in Sumter.

She also told the court she has a private attorney. Her attorney wasn’t present in court.

West set her bond at $12,500 and released her on personal recognizance.

“I really don’t have any problem with a PR bond on this,” West said. “You haven’t been in any trouble.”

If convicted, each charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

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