An employee of Skills Inc., a nonprofit organization in St. Albans that helps adults with intellectual disabilities, has been charged with stealing prescription painkillers from a program client, police said.

Tina Corliss, 41, of Palmyra, is charged with the crime of stealing drugs, a class D crime, and with possession of a schedule Z drug, Tramodol, a class E crime. Both charges are misdemeanor crimes.

On Jan. 18, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint from staff members at Skills Inc. that the prescription painkiller Tramadol might have been stolen from a 38-year-old client at an assisted-living facility in St. Albans, according to a news release Friday from the sheriff’s office. Deputy Zachary Tracey took the initial report and turned the case over to the Criminal Investigations Division.

Detective Mathew Cunningham was able to identify an employee at the assisted living facility as a suspect. Cunningham interviewed Corliss on Feb. 2, and she allegedly confessed to the theft of the medication, police said. Police said they learned during the interview that at least 15 thefts of this medication had occurred beginning around Nov. 1.

Corliss was issued a summons to appear in court and was not arrested. It was unknown Friday whether she has a lawyer or whether a court date has been set.

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