Prosecutor: Sisters Charged in Prescription Oxy Theft from Shrewsbury Med Center

Two sisters have been charged in connection with a theft of prescription drugs from a medical facility in Shrewsbury, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago and Shrewsbury Borough Police Chief Robert Turner jointly announced on Tuesday. 

Deborah Baskerville, 38, of Galloway, has been charged with third-degree impersonation under a false identity, third-degree unlicensed practice of medicine under a false identity, third-degree theft by deception, third-degree theft of a controlled dangerous substance, fourth-degree unlicensed practice of medicine, and fourth-degree conspiracy to commit theft by deception. Shonte Hall, 36, Baskerville’s sister, of Egg Harbor City, has been charged with conspiracy to commit theft by deception and conspiracy to commit unlicensed practice of medicine, fourth-degree crimes.

The case background …

An investigation led by Shrewsbury Borough Police Department Detective Sergeant Daniel DeCristofaro revealed that the theft in question took place on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at Complete Care, a Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) in Shrewsbury, where Baskerville was using Hall’s identity and nursing license to work a shift.

The investigation found that during that shift, Baskerville took 10 oxycodone pills, valued at approximately $200, from a locked medicine cart and replaced them with allergy pills.

In early February 2024, Baskerville turned herself in to authorities, followed by Hall several weeks later. Both defendants had initial appearances in Monmouth County Superior Court last week and were released on their own recognizance pending future court proceedings.

The investigation has since determined that Baskerville may have been engaged in similar conduct at other medical facilities across the state in late 2023, as Hall worked for a nursing company that outsources its services as needed.

Anyone with information about the activities of these defendants is being asked to contact Sgt. DeCristofaro at 732-741-2500, Ext. 230.

— Edited press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office