For Immediate Release
January 28, 2011
Attorney Walter A. Pazdon, Jr.
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces that Alesha Neault, age 24, of Berwick, Maine has pleaded guilty in Strafford County Superior Court to the felony offense of unlawfully possessing a controlled drug and two misdemeanor counts charging her with abusing two nursing home residents. The court ordered Neault to serve eight months in jail and suspended the remainder of her twelve-month sentence. Upon release, the defendant must also serve a two-year period of probation.
Neault committed the crimes in May while working as a licensed nursing assistant at the Riverview Rest Home in Dover, New Hampshire. The State's investigation established that she had removed Fentanyl narcotic patches from two residents and kept them for her own use. Fentanyl, a narcotic that is more powerful than morphine, was prescribed to both residents to control their pain.
The case was initially investigated by the Strafford County Sheriff's Department and referred to the Attorney General Office's Medicaid Fraud Unit, which investigates and prosecutes allegations of resident abuse at health care facilities. Attorney General Delaney said: "This Office will continue to vigorously prosecute allegations of abuse against our citizens living in residential care facilities. The sentence in this case sends a strong message of deterrence to those who put the elderly and other vulnerable members of our population at risk by taking advantage of positions of trust."
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