Former Wells EMS director sentenced

    A 49-year-old Craigville woman on Monday was sentenced to nine years in prison on charges related to her theft of painkillers while serving as the former director of the Wells County Emergency Medical Service. She is expected to serve only one year behind bars, however.
    According to the Bluffton News-Banner, Tina Crouse, 49, was sentenced by Wells County Circuit Court Judge Kent Kiracofe to 18 months in prison on each of six counts of Class D felony theft charges — to be served consecutively. Kiracofe then suspended one year of each sentence, and also stipulated that one year of the remaining three-year sentence be served in jail, followed by two years of home detention.
    Crouse  was also ordered to pay $61,327 in restitution to the Wells County EMS and American Alternative Insurance Corp.
    The former EMS director originally was charged with 76 counts of felony theft following an investigation by the Indiana State Police and Wells County Sheriff's Department. Investigators determined that Crouse was ordering the painkiller Nubian in her professional capacity, even though the EMS has been ordered to no longer stock the drug.
    Crouse was a one-time Decatur resident who had joined Wells EMS in 1990.