Former Cannon County Jail Nurse Pleads Guilty to Theft and Fraud

August 16, 2008
Kyra Robinson

A DeKalb County woman and former nurse at the Cannon County Jail entered a guilty plea to charges of theft and fraud Friday in Woodbury.

Kyra Robinson is accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of prescription drugs from the taxpayers.

WBRY reports that Robinson pled guilty in Cannon County Circuit Court to theft and 37 counts of fraud. Robinson was indicted by the January, 2008 term of the Cannon County Grand Jury on over 260 counts of fraud for obtaining inmate prescriptions and then keeping them for herself. Robinson was employed by the Cannon County Jail until shortly before her arrest and reportedly cost Cannon County's taxpayers well over $30,000.

Chancellor Robert E. Corlew, III sentenced Robinson to a total of 8 years in prison as a standard 30 percent offender. A suspended sentence hearing was set for November 14th to determine if Robinson will have to serve that sentence or if she will be placed on probation.

The case stemmed from a local investigation.

In December, the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department executed a search warrant at the home of Mark and Kyra Robinson on Anthony Avenue in Smithville.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says officers made at least one drug buy from Robinson's residence and during the search, they found 193 Xanax pills, 203 empty prescription bottles with numerous individuals' names on them, hemostats, rolling papers, roach clips, syringes, and a pill grinder.

In the December case, Mark Robinson was charged with possession of a schedule IV drug (Xanax) for sale and delivery and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Officers seized the cash from Robinson.

Sheriff Ray says it was during the December investigation that he learned that the empty prescription bottles found at Robinson's home had the names of several Cannon County inmates on them.

He then contacted the TBI and the Cannon County Sheriff's Department with this discovery.

During the April term of the DeKalb County Grand Jury, Mark Robinson of Dry Creek Road, Smithville was indicted on charges of sale and delivery of a schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax), and conspiracy to sell a schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax).

Kyra Robinson of Braswell Lane, Smithville was indicted for conspiracy to sell a Schedule IV controlled substance (Xanax).

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