NORTHAMPTON, MASS. >> A Northampton woman authorities allege posed as a nurse and stole prescription medications and valuables from three elderly people she was hired to care for has pleaded not guilty.

The Daily Hampshire Gazette ( ) reports that Ann Fisher was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty Thursday to 17 charges, including unauthorized practice of nursing and larcent of drugs.

Prosecutors say the 30-year-old Fisher was hired by three people ages 80 to 92 to help them with their medications. Authorities say she instead stole the drugs and replaced them with over-the-counter products including antihistamines and ibuprofen. She's also charged with stealing jewelry and electronics. An investigation also found no record of Fisher having a nurse's license.

Fisher's lawyer says his client has struggled with addiction and is currently in recovery.

Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.),