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.

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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