Former jail medical director admits to stealing drugs


This story was updated on Oct. 25.

The former top medical officer at the Montgomery County Jail recently admitted to theft and theft of drugs in exchange for avoiding prosecution, according to county officials.

Dr. Brenda Ellis was fingerprinted and had her mugshot taken at the jail on Aug. 24 and accepted into a diversion program on Aug. 29, according to a prosecutor’s office spokesman.

RELATED: County blames health care provider for jail inmate’s injuries Ellis was the medical administrator at the jail and worked for the company NaphCare, which provides inmate medical services at the jail through a contract with the county. Under the current NaphCare contract, the county will pay the company up to $3.55 million a year through 2019.

Contacted this week, Ellis declined to comment.

The allegations against her followed a State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy investigation into improper handling of controlled substances at the jail from 2011 to 2015.

RELATED: Montgomery County Jail health care provider faces discipline In July, the state pharmacy board reached a settlement agreement with NaphCare that called for the company to pay the board $7,000, provide more staff training and remove Ellis as the person responsible for compliance with the jail’s pharmacy license.

“NaphCare agrees to never use Dr. Ellis as a Responsible Person on any of its Ohio licenses,” the agreement states.

As part of the agreement, the company neither admitted nor denied fault.

Bradley Cain, spokesman and general counsel of Alabama-based NaphCare, said in an interview Wednesday that the company was unaware of the allegations against Ellis but that changes were made to address the issues identified by the pharmacy board.

SPECIAL REPORT: Justice in the Jailhouse - Lawsuits, accusations plague county jails in the region. “We have made implementation of changes based on the settlement agreement we entered into with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy,” Cain said. “Everything outlined in that agreement we’re in compliance with today.”

Cain said the company has contracts with jails in Montgomery, Franklin and Hamilton counties and has had no problems at other facilities.

Ellis resigned from NaphCare on July 31 and is no longer allowed access to the jail, according to Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office officials.

No formal action has been taken against Ellis’ medical license, according to the State Medical Board of Ohio. Medical board records say she has had a license since 1989 and has specialties in general practice and pediatrics.

JUSTICE N THE JAILHOUSE

15 lawsuits allege mistreatment of inmates at area jails

Officer who sheriff tried to charge for jail assault claims unfairness (VIDEO)

Jail cameras capture some drama, little detail (VIDEO)

Lawsuits allege deadly neglect of inmates in Butler, Warren counties

Officers spit on, attacked in jails bursting with mentally ill (VIDEO)

More oversight sought for area jails



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

Cold morning, but temps in 40s expected this weekend
Cold morning, but temps in 40s expected this weekend

QUICK-LOOK FORECAST Cold, dry morning Warming up into the weekend Rain showers by Sunday Today: It will be a quiet and cold morning, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. Most will start off in the upper single digits. It will be a nice afternoon with sunshine and temperatures around 30, which is closer to normal. ...
Driver backs into Dayton police cruiser 
Driver backs into Dayton police cruiser 

A driver was ticketed after backing their car into a Dayton police cruiser early Thursday morning. The crash happened around 2:15 a.m. on Watervliet Avenue near Smithville Road.  A witness told our crew that a passenger got out of a black car and started walking away. The driver put the car in reverse and backed up in an attempt to get his passenger...
Another meteor? Reports come in of bright flash across Ohio, Ind. night sky
Another meteor? Reports come in of bright flash across Ohio, Ind. night sky

Another meteor may have lit up the sky late Wednesday night. Several reports have come into our newsroom of a bright flash that shot across the sky just before midnight. People from Englewood, Marysville and Randolph County, Ind. have said they saw the bright flash, with some saying it was bright blue or blue/green. The American Meteor Society received...
Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center
Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Traffic issues can be reported by calling our newsroom at 937-259-2237 or tweeting @WHIOTraffic . Traffic conditions are updated every six minutes on AM 1290 and News 95.7 FM. No incidents to report No incidents to report Ongoing Construction & Other Closures  Live look at highways on our traffic cameras here. Latest...
Good Samaritan Hospital closing: Community angry, devastated, concerned
Good Samaritan Hospital closing: Community angry, devastated, concerned

The closing of Good Samaritan Hospital will be a crippling blow to the west Dayton community and raises several concerns going forward, said three people who represent the hundreds of residents living near the 86-year-old facility.  "We're behind the eight ball," Minister Daria Dillard Stone, 66 and a member of the Mount Carmel Missionary...
More Stories