For Immediate Release
August 27, 2012
Jane E. Young, Associate Attorney General
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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