Two VA employees face drug charges

By DENNIS PUNZEL | The Wisconsin State Journal | Published: February 14, 2014

Two employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs face felony charges of buying and selling narcotics at a Middleton VA office.

Deeann K. Hansen, 53, was charged with selling morphine, and Amber R. Wirts, 36, was charged Thursday with possession of morphine following an investigation by Middleton police, Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force, VA police and the U.S. Inspector General’s Office.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court:

VA police contacted Middleton police on Aug. 28 asking for help in the investigation of an employee suspected of selling prescription drugs during office hours inside and outside the facility at 8001 Terrace Ave.

A confidential informant told investigators Hansen had been selling oxycodone and morphine at the VA office for about six months. The informant witnessed Hansen filling a cup with pills and placing them on another employee’s desk. The cup was later returned to Hansen’s desk with money in it, one time with more than $1,300 inside.

Hansen asked the informant several times whether she wanted to buy any pills, which she referred to as “fabric,” or knew anyone else who did.

An undercover agent contacted Hansen about buying some “fabric” in November and set up a meeting at the dock door at the VA. Hansen postponed the meeting, trying to set up a time outside of work instead.

Police learned that one of Hansen’s customers was Wirts. Wirts told officers she had bought morphine pills from Hansen six to 10 times in the past year, paying between $200 and $300 each time.

When police interviewed Hansen, she admitted to selling her prescribed morphine and oxycodone pills, generating between $400 and $1,600 per month. She told officers she needed the money to support her daughter, who was in legal trouble, and that her home was nearly foreclosed on earlier in the fall.

Hansen said she sold the pills to Wirts at the VA office and that she also sold pills to about six other people outside of work, including several in the Wisconsin Dells area.


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