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Nurse faces charges of prescription fraud

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CARTHAGE, TN (WSMV) -

A Middle Tennessee nurse faces felony charges of prescription fraud.

Police arrested April Collier during a drug round-up. But she said the police have it all wrong.

This isn't the first time Collier, a nurse practitioner, has been in the news. Channel 4 News spoke to her last year when she unexpectedly shut down her two Nashville clinics.

She told Channel 4 News in September 2012 that she was having financial problems after getting really sick from black mold.

Tonight she wants to set the record straight. She said she's innocent.

Collier was arrested Wednesday in Smith County for prescription fraud. She's accused of selling her prescription pad for $10,000.

Collier said Thursday that's not true. She said her Hermitage home was broken into in April and some of her prescription pads were stolen. Metro police said there was a report of burglary at Collier's address then.

Police said the prescription pads were not reported missing.

"I wanna live right now. I wanna get healthy," Collier said in September 2012.

Collier talked to Channel 4 News after suddenly shutting down two locations of her Hope Family Medical Practice in Nashville, leaving patients angry and confused about how to get their medical records. She said she had to do it after facing financial problems after getting sick.

"Last night I went to Target to get chocolate milk and we had no money in front of us and the debit cards are overdrawn," Collier said last year. "That's ridiculous. We have MBAs. Granted I can get a job when I'm facing six weeks of IV therapy to clear the black mold out of my system."

Collier had opened up a new medical clinic since then, but she said she's not practicing now. She said she feels better but is still being treated for black mold and chronic Lyme disease.

Collier faces one count of conspiracy to obtain prescription medication by fraud and one count of conspiracy to possess prescription medication.

She adamantly disputes those charges, saying she's not guilty.

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