Police: Phoenixville Couple Replaced Man's Pain Meds with Imodium

The thefts happened over the course of more than a year, leaving the victim in "great pain."

A Phoenixville couple was arrested on multiple felony charges last week after police say they, over the course of at least 14 months, were systematically stealing narcotic pain medication from the woman’s father and replacing it with anti-diarrhea medicine.

According to court documents, on November 9, 2011, a Phoenixville man called East Pikeland Police to his Merlin Road residence to report that his pain medication had been disappearing.

The man, who was bedridden, told police that he believed his daughter, primary caregiver, and power of attorney Dana Vognetz, 37, had been stealing the medicine. The man said that Vognetz had passed out on top of him one day the week before, intoxicated.

Vognetz, speaking police in the driveway before they talked to her father, said her dad had been “confused” lately about his medicine.

Six months later, on April 29 of this year, police were again called to the residence. This time, the elderly man told police that his daughter had been missing for 24 hours and that he had not received any pain medicine since the previous day. Mike Vognetz, 35, Dana’s husband and the man’s son-in-law, told police he searched the house and couldn’t find any of the medicine, which included Fentanyl patches, Oxycodone, and Valium. Mike Vognetz eventually found several Fentanyl patches hidden in a closet that was only accessed by Dana Vognetz, and he told police he was unsure why the patches were there.

On December 7, police returned to the house again to conduct a well-being check on the man. They were accompanied by two advanced nursing care employees who had been assigned the previous year to take care of the man. One of the employees told police that she witnessed Dana Vognetz remove Oxycontin polls from her father’s medication and replace them with unknown white pills. The health care worker said this was a daily occurrence. Dana Vognetz, the worker added, had also begun splitting the pills in half so her father only got half doses. The worker said that the man is prescribed Oxycontin for pain management four times a day, but the prescription usually runs out mid-month, at which point Dana Vognetz just gives him Tylenol. The woman added that she’s also caught Dana Vognetz taking Fentanyl patches from her father. Both workers further alleged that Dana Vognetz wouldn’t allow her father to use the phone or open his own mail and fed him only cereal.

On January 27, police were called to the home again when the victim’s other daughter reported prescription medicine missing. A home health care worker then showed police the man’s box of pain medicine. Rather than the Oxycontin pills the man required, the box contained four halves of what police later determined were anti-diarrhea pills. The woman said the elderly man was in “a great deal of pain.”

While police were still at the residence, Mike and Dana Vognetz and their two children came home from dinner. Dana was intoxicated and went to bed. Mike spoke to police and admitted that the insurance company was giving them a difficult time with renewals for the pain medicine and since there was none left, he was replacing it with Imodium so his father-in-law would think he was getting the proper medication.

Mke and Dana Vognetz were charged on January 30 with identical felony counts of conspiracy to acquire or obtain possession of a controlled substance, acquiring possession of a controlled substance, and ten misdemeanor charges related to their neglect of the victim.

They face preliminary hearing on February 15.

Bob February 04, 2013 at 01:48 PM
This may be one the most poorly written articles I've ever read. Does anyone proof read this crap? My second grader would do a better job.
PhxFinest! February 04, 2013 at 03:24 PM
This is so sad. How can you let your own father be in pain like that. I hope he now gets the care he deserves. I just cant grasp how someone could do that. Theres help she could of got instead of taking his much needed pills.
harry finster February 04, 2013 at 04:25 PM
well two more for jail 13994 to go and phoenixville will be clean
John February 04, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Harry, you don't live here right? So it's actually 13993.
Judi February 04, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Harry, you seem insistent on being as derogatory as possible toward Phoenixville. Since you apparently don't live here, I find that inappropriate and insulting, especially in light of the last 10 years worth of wonderful changes in the downtown area alone. Now, it is time for a little geography lesson since you seem lacking here. Merlin Road is not in Phoenixville borough. It is, in fact, in East Pikeland Township a good 2-3 miles from the borough, close to Charlestown Township. So, if you are trying to say that of the 16,500 people currently living in Phoenixville, we are now short two for jail time, you have subtracted from the wrong number. Now, seeing as you don't live here and you have no reason to say anything that you are saying (and have in the past) concerning Phoenixville; especially in light of your serious lack of current and proper information, it is time to cease the comments about a town that is becoming one of the more desirable places to live in the area.
harry finster February 05, 2013 at 01:07 AM
hsaving lived in phoenixville imbued me with a lifetime of dislike for the place ,i used to say it would be a good place to test atomic bombs ,i seriously doubt you have gotten rid of the lowlife that live in that area ,the worst thing about phoenixville are the people in charge are all failures from somewhere els
Here and there February 05, 2013 at 02:13 AM
Well Harry I would have to say if you dislike a town why do you read their local news. So in my humble opinion I think you miss our great town. I don't know where you reside now nor do I even care but I have lived in other towns out of state and than moved back to Phoenixville to raise my children but I don't read the news that is happening in the other towns because I could care less, but apparently you do. So our town is charming unlike you my dear sir.
DJ2 February 05, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Harry- If you want to be taken seriously at all, you'll need to start with your grammar. no one who wants to be taken seriously types in all lower cases and in one long sentence to the point where a reader has to struggle to determine where sentences end and begin especially when they are reading the pathetic statements you are putting on here. Secondly, I suggest a good therapist and/or hobby. Clearly, you need to move on in life and stop harboring the resentment you have towards a town you no longer live in. It's actually quite sad and pathetic at this point. If the highlight of your day is to get on a website which provides local news just so you can criticize people you no longer know, who is really the failure? A successful person and happy person would never look back. Good luck to you.
harry finster February 05, 2013 at 03:12 AM
look down is more like it ,its interesting to see how a backwards place functions/dysfunctions,how people can delude themselves into thinking they live in a decent place,and i write how i chose not by rules taught by a spinster english teacher from phoenixville high school
David Dawson February 05, 2013 at 10:50 AM
Two More Bum's.How "LOW" can you go!!!
DJ2 February 05, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Well, there is irony for you! Call the Phoenixville teachers poor, but then claim they taught you proper grammar rules that you choose not to follow? I would love to know what town you really do live in so we could make a comparison. Of course, you and I and everyone else knows you still live here. Because it would be pathetic if you did live somewhere else and still came to the Phoenixville Patch just to comment on things.
Finklestineshtkd February 05, 2013 at 11:54 AM
I feel sorry for you harry, sad little man.
Kristin Pesnell February 05, 2013 at 03:21 PM
This is so sad. I feel sorry for that man. It's hard to understand the cruelty to one's own family, but as we all know there is nothing new under the sun. A capacity for cruelty exist where ever people are regardless of city lines. Regarding Harry, I encourage others not to let it bother you so much. Clearly this guy has had some very bitter experiences. Right or wrong, he is free to hate Phoenixville and comment about it (even if it's out of ignorance to its current condition). It's apparent that regardless of the wonderful things that are happening in this town, he will only see the negative. So don't waste your breath trying to convince him or sink to his level to insult him. The rest of us know of all the new wonderful families, businesses and events that are unique to Phoenixville. It's an up a coming town. That's why our family moved hear five years ago and we love this place. Like so many here, we are committed to seeing our great city thrive. So ignore Harry (no one is really listening to him anyway). You have better things to do with your time - like contributing to this wonderful community!
Aim February 05, 2013 at 11:33 PM
Okay you all have an awful lot to say but not in light of the actually story itself. So lets start out by focusing on the problem at hand here not all of the crime that has taken place in Phoenixville and the surrounding vicinities. Or simply grow up and shed light on this couple that has ruined their Father's life here who knows what this could have led to even his death if you are at all even concerned here!!!
Kevin Kimberton February 09, 2013 at 02:58 AM
You can't judge anyone by what you read in a public write up. If this story is true, it is truly sad. But I know the family. All of them. And personally, I'd suspect the sister who called the police long before I'd suspect Dana and Mike, who were actually charged. And she's manipulative enough to set them up leaving police no choice but to issue charges. She herself only avoided a long stay in prison for taking tens of thousands of dollars of the father's money without authorization by manipulating her father out of cooperating with the investigating authorities. She is also a repeatedly relapsing narcotics addict who has had her children taken from her for neglect. And the father IS often confused about things. A fact the sister has repeatedly taken advantage of in many ways, including stealing and abusing the father's pain meds in the past. He is highly susceptible to her suggestions and manipulations no matter how far fetched she creates them. So please do not be so quick to judge Dana or Mike. However, sometimes you will never know the truth of what goes on behind people's closed doors. Maybe this write up actually is an accurate depiction. Improper charges are often issued which is the intent of the fair trial, to catch and rectify those mistakes. This may be one of those instances. Lest ye be judged...
Kevin Kimberton February 09, 2013 at 03:03 AM
FYI, Dana and Mike have been providing for and raising one of the sister's children that were taken from her by the state for the last two years.
Used to live in the Ville,,,,, February 10, 2013 at 01:08 AM
You would think after watching their mother suffer and die of cancer and then watching their father suffer and struggle to recoup from a brain anureysm that Brooke would want the best for her father! My god this story can't be any sadder!!!! Didn't she lose a baby because he was addicted ot heroin? Plus she has two others? The father used to be a well respected buisness man, he provided for his family and they had everything they wanted and the absolute best of it..and this is how you pay him back?? Your going to stand before the Lord one day ( and you call yourself christian!) And your going to have to answer for this...God Bless You!!!! And God Bless Your father!!! I hope the Dept of aging is called and he is taken from the home...let them all fend for themselves!
PhxFinest! February 10, 2013 at 04:30 AM
Brooke has two children and yes she had a baby that passed away because she was doing so many drugs. You think that would wake you up. Some people just cant get it together. The thing that annoys me is that she is always on FB talking about going to church and god bless this and that. Maybe she should stop getting high and go to church sober then maybe she would learn a few things. She shouldnt have any of her children. Her sister dana was always the one cleaning up after brookes mistakes adn trying to really take care of her father. I too would believe it was brooke taking the pills. SHe needs a reality check its disgusting ...your a mother start acting like one!!!
harry finster February 10, 2013 at 05:26 AM
sounds like phoenixville to me
Used to live in the Ville,,,,, February 10, 2013 at 12:14 PM
Phnxfinest...hopefully her pastor will get wind of this and try to talk to her. Her precious daughter is at that age that she can see what is going on and will follow in her footsteps. Prayers going up for the entire Cermanski Family. Its sad and heart breaking what they are going through. Hope the Patch follows up after the hearing on the 15th....well now we know where she gets money for all her tats etc...
harry finster February 10, 2013 at 07:04 PM
white trash begets white trash ,why not let these people self destruct ? a kind of natural selection
David Dawson February 11, 2013 at 09:33 AM
John February 12, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Typical Harry (the pedophile) comment. In case anyone hasn't had a chance to piece the puzzle, Harry is admitted enabler of a pedophile ( probably an accomplice, but he hasn't admitted that part yet).He simply comes on to the police blotter to see if the pedophile he was helping has been busted yet. That is why he moved to the other side of the country and still talks about this town. He can make a quick escape to Mexico when it all goes down.
Used to live in the Ville,,,,, February 16, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Yesterday was the hearing, wonder if Tom found out the outcome. I so wish Protective Services have been called by now for the father.
"Real truth " April 22, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Reading this makes me sick! Sadly he's got another daughter fresh out rehab claiming she's clean doing the same thing too! One tells on other to get back in n steal his home,meds,credit card,ect..so how's that helping him..the youngest daughter is the one who probably turned her sister into a drug user..she was there before this happened n word in pville is she was stealing his meds, truck,cash..n was keeping him in rehabilitation center to so she could spend n use drugs n u would think after having ur kids taken n then loosing a child going rehab u would embrace god n help your father instead she's back n doing it again...now who's going to help that poor man? He was probably better off in rehabilitation center, those adult kids of his should be ashamed of themselves n should know its phoenixville where everyone knows everyone n their business so ..they think their sneaky n smart but really everyone knows!
"Real truth " April 22, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Also to use live in vile I hope someone called to(protective services) I would keep eyes n ears out I'm sure we haven't heard last of this sad situation


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