First conviction under 2010 law; Michele Staats was the nursing director of Kent Sussex Community Services

A 46-year-old Dover woman became the first person convicted for violating the Delaware Prescription Monitoring Act.

State Department of Justice spokesman Carl Kanefsky said Michele Staats, a former nursing director of Kent Sussex Community Services, has been found guilty after a five-day Superior Court bench trial on three felony counts of unauthorized access of prescription monitoring information, and one felony count of making a false statement.

For a 16-month period beginning in January 2014, Staats, using the login credentials of her employer, accessed the Prescription Monitoring Program information of three people who were not her patients. She also made several false statements denying her responsibility to investigators.

Staats will be sentenced in June.

Established by the legislature in 2010, the goal of the Delaware Prescription Monitoring Act is to help reduce the misuse and diversion of controlled substances while promoting improved professional practice and patient care, Kanefsky said.