For Immediate Release
June 3, 2008
Assistant Attorney General Philip B. Bradley
Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte announces that Madeline Seatten, age 38, of Derry, New Hampshire, was convicted of diverting narcotic medications from the nursing home where she worked. Seatten, a registered nurse, pleaded guilty in Rockingham County Superior Court to misdemeanor theft for stealing several Percocet pills that were prescribed for a resident of the Pleasant Valley Nursing Center in Derry, New Hampshire. The resident was not harmed. The facility acted swiftly after detecting the defendant's thefts by terminating her employment and referring her conduct to the State's board of nursing and the Medicaid Fraud Unit at the Attorney General's Office.
Seatten was sentenced to thirty days in jail with an additional five months of suspended jail time. Attorney General Ayotte said, "The sentence in this case sends a strong message of deterrence to those who put the elderly and most vulnerable members of our population at risk by taking advantage of positions of trust. Crimes like this one will be prosecuted fully and my Office will seek sentences that reflect the seriousness of this type of crime."
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