For Immediate Release
January 24, 2019
Kate Spiner, Director of Communications
Concord, NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announces that Jennifer Blaisdell, age 47, of South Berwick, Maine, pleaded guilty today in the Strafford County Superior Court to one count of possession of a prescription drug, a class A misdemeanor, contrary to RSA 318:42.
On January 19, 2017, while working as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at a long-term care facility in Dover, New Hampshire, Ms. Blaisdell unlawfully possessed the prescription drug, Oxycodone, which belonged to a resident at the facility.
Ms. Blaisdell was sentenced to 12 months in the House of Corrections and fined $1,000, both of which were suspended for 5 years. As conditions of the suspended sentence, Ms. Blaisdell must permanently surrender her privileges to practice as an LPN in both Maine and New Hampshire.
Additionally, Ms. Blaisdell is prohibited from caring for sick, elderly, and/or vulnerable individuals, and from working in any position where she is responsible for handling controlled drugs. She is also required to obtain a licensed alcohol and drug counseling evaluation and must participate meaningfully with any recommendations made. Finally, Ms. Blaisdell must be of good behavior during the period of the suspended sentence.
The State nolle prossed the pending felony indictments against Ms. Blaisdell.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Bryan Townsend, II, and Attorney Thomas Worboys, of New Hampshire's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). The matter was originally referred to MFCU by New Hampshire's Administrative Prosecutions Unit, and was prosecuted with the assistance of the Dover Police Department.
MFCU is responsible for the investigation and prosecution of healthcare providers accused of defrauding New Hampshire's Medicaid program. In addition, the Unit investigates and prosecutes allegations of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of those who reside in health care facilities, which includes the investigation and prosecution of facility drug diversion.
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