For Immediate Release
June 3, 2009
Assistant Attorney General Tracy M. Culberson
Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit
Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte announced the conviction and sentencing of Samantha Arsenault for theft and forgery. The victim was the defendant's grandmother.
Arsenault, age 21, formerly of Hillsborough, New Hampshire, pled guilty in the Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester to one count of misdemeanor theft and one felony count of forgery. The Attorney General's Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit, a specialized unit that was created in 2004 to prosecute cases of elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation, prosecuted the case.
In 2006, the defendant's grandmother reported that Arsenault stole a check, forged her name on the check, and then negotiated it to a third party. Arsenault later admitted that she stole the check and forged her grandmother's signature in order to repay a debt that she owed to an individual who regularly supplied her with cocaine.
Arsenault was sentenced to 12 months in the house of corrections with all but 45 days suspended for 2 years. She was placed on probation for 2 years and ordered to pay restitution. On the felony forgery charge, Arsenault was sentenced to the state prison for 1-3 years, however that sentence is suspended upon good behavior and completion of a drug treatment program and/or counseling.
"My office will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute perpetrators responsible for committing crimes against the elderly," said Attorney General Kelly A. Ayotte. "Crimes like this are reprehensible because they constitute a betrayal of trust by those closest to the victim."
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