60 days in jail for faking ID

By Jane Beathard

June 5, 2014

A Lake Choctaw woman who used another’s identification to obtain a nursing job at London’s Madison Senior Living Community last fall will spend 60 days in jail and serve three years of community control, following sentencing in Madison County Common Pleas Court on Thursday, June 5.

Danyelle R. Scheurell, 35, pleaded guilty in April to identity fraud, a fifth-degree felony.

Since Scheurell is pregnant and due to deliver in early July, Judge Eamon Costello delayed the woman’s jail sentence until Aug. 8.

Costello also ordered Scheurell to undergo mental health evaluation and attend regular Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

If Scheurell fails to comply, she will go to prison for a year, Costello said.

Scheurell’s nursing license was under suspension when she used another nurse’s identification to obtain a job at the local assisted living facility on Nov. 25, 2013. A co-worker recognized the deceit and reported it to administrators. Scheurell initially denied the accusations. She was fired anyway.

On Thursday, Scheurell told Costello she used the fake identification to avoid detection by an abusive husband in Pickaway County.

But Costello noted Scheurell never confided that information to Madison House administrators — even when confronted with the truth.

Assistant county prosecutor Nick Adkins said Scheurell faces additional legal problems in both Pickaway and Franklin counties.

She was charged with forgery and insurance fraud in Pickaway County last year and was granted drug treatment instead of conviction.

The Ohio Board of Pharmacy recommended the Franklin County Prosecutor charge Scheurell with 39 counts of drug theft. Action in that case is pending, Adkins said.

He called Scheurell’s behavior “manipulation of the system and process.”

In other common pleas court action on Thursday:

• Tammy L. Jewell, 34, of Columbus, was sentenced to three years of community control and ordered to undergo screening for drug treatment at the West Central Community Correctional Facility in Marysville for causing a Jan. 30, 2013 crash at the intersection of Interstate 70 and state Route 29.

Jewell was driving drunk when she exited the freeway into the path of an oncoming truck. Several children riding in the woman’s car were injured in the accident.

Jewell pleaded guilty in April to vehicular assault.

She admitted an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Jewell tested positive for opiate use prior to Thursday’s sentencing.

Visiting Judge Robert D. Nichols said failure to comply with community control terms will put Jewell behind bars for 18 months.

• Stephanie Sylvester, 29, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to smuggling Oxycodone into London Correctional Institution (LoCI) on Dec. 21, 2011.

She now faces up to five years in prison.

Nichols ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set Sylvester’s sentencing for July 18.

• Zachary Peoples, 25, of London, was sentenced to nine months in prison for trafficking heroin and other opiates in September 2013.

He pleaded guilty in April to two counts of drug dealing in the presence of a child.

Peoples is currently serving time in Tri-County Regional Jail on a probation violation on an unrelated conviction.

• Sarah Pierce, 28, of Dayton, was sentenced to a year in prison for smuggling Suboxone into (LoCI) twice in April 2013.

She pleaded guilty in April.

Pierce admitted an addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers. Costello said he will consider moving Pierce to the West Central Community Correctional Facility in coming months.

• Danielle Leming, 29, of London, was sentenced to seven months in prison for trafficking heroin on Sept. 13, 2013.

She pleaded guilty to the charge in April.

Leming was jailed in February after failing to comply with terms of a signature bond. She tested positive for Suboxone while behind bars after jailers identified a plot to smuggled the heroin substitute into Tri-County.

Jane Beathard can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 16 or via Twitter @JaneBeathard.