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Ex-Ellis nurse faces 26 counts

Case centers on stealing meds and falsifying records

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A former registered nurse at Ellis Hospital accused of swapping out at least one patient’s powerful painkiller with an over-the-counter drug last summer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a 26-count indictment. Richard E. Espey Jr., 43, appeared in Schenectady County Court and was allowed to remain free with restrictions pending the outcome of the case. Espey is accused of falsifying hospital records on 16 separate occasions from March to July 2013. In each instance, Espey ...

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