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News Release

For Immediate Release
August 27, 2012

Jane E. Young, Associate Attorney General
(603) 271-3671

Arrest of Nina Perez, Licensed Practical Nurse

Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces that Nina Perez, age 31, of Berwick, Maine was arrested for unlawfully possessing a controlled drug (class B felony) and abuse of a facility patient (class A misdemeanor). These charges stem from a May 19, 2012 incident, in which Perez, while working as a licensed practical nurse at the Edgewood Center in Portsmouth, took a quantity of morphine that was prescribed for a patient and retained it for her own use. Perez then administered the prescription drug flexeril, a muscle relaxant, to the patient as a substitute for the morphine.

This matter was referred to the Office of the Attorney General from the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman. The Medicaid Fraud Unit, which investigates and prosecutes allegations of residence abuse at healthcare facilities, investigated Perez's crimes.

An arraignment has been scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on September 17, 2012, at the 10th Circuit, District Division-Portsmouth.

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