LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Former physician assistant Angela Lorenzo was sentenced Thursday to three years probation for overprescribing drugs.
Lorenzo pleaded guilty in district court in August to prescribing controlled substances to multiple patients. She illegally wrote the prescriptions using the stolen DEA number of her former supervising physician.
One of Lorenzo's patients was Leann Kasper. Her family says she got hooked on pain pills after a botched skin procedure. Doctors refused to give her any more drugs. However, in the month that Kasper died, Lorenzo wrote her six different prescriptions.
"She found herself with Angela because other doctors were telling her you know, we can't see you anymore because you're addicted," says Kasper's daughter, Amber Pierce.
As part of Lorenzo's sentencing, she will be required to notify future employers about the case. She was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.
Lorenzo said she's "terribly sorry" and "she's learned lessons" during her sentencing. She added that the judge will not be seeing her again.
Many are concerned the sentence won't be long enough, since Lorenzo continued to prescribe medication even after her license was suspended.
"I would say she was like a drug dealer," says Pierce. "Whatever you wanted, she would give you for a fee."