New HampshireDepartment of JusticeOffice of the Attorney General

News Release

For Immediate Release
March 5, 2020

Contact:
Kate Spiner, Director of Communications
kate.spiner@doj.nh.gov | (603) 573-6103

Thomas T. Worboys, Assistant Attorney General
Director, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit Thomas.Worboys@doj.nh.gov / (603) 271-1181

Guilty Verdict in Nursing Home Abuse Case

Concord, NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Dover Police Chief William Breault announce that Samantha Siegel, age 19, of Portsmouth, was found guilty on Thursday, March 5, 2020 in the Strafford County Superior Court of simple assault and abuse of a facility patient.

Ms. Siegel was working as a licensed nursing assistant at St. Ann's Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in July of 2018, when she made a recording of herself putting her hand over a 92-year old resident's mouth to prevent the resident from speaking. She then placed a caption on the video that reads "when you can't deal w[ith] the talking anymore."

St. Ann's Rehabilitation and Nursing Center learned of the allegations on July 20, 2018, after receiving a tip from a retail store employee who saw Ms. Siegel display the recording on her phone. St. Ann's staff immediately notified the Dover Police Department and terminated Ms. Siegel.

Ms. Siegel was found guilty of both charges on June 4, 2019, in the 7th Circuit Court – District Division – Dover, which she appealed to the Strafford County Superior Court for a jury trial.

Ms. Siegel is scheduled to be sentenced in the Strafford County Superior Court on May 12, 2020.

Detective Sergeant Mark Nadeau, Detective Sean Mask, and Officer Daniel Gebers of the Dover Police Department investigated the case. Attorney Stephanie Johnson and Assistant Attorney General Thomas T. Worboys of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit prosecuted this case.

Under New Hampshire law, the Attorney General is responsible for the prosecution of health care facility employees charged with willful abuse, mistreatment or neglect of a patient. Health care facility employees suspected of abusing their patients should be reported to the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (603) 271-1246, your local police department, or the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (800) 949-0470.

New Hampshire Department of Justice
33 Capitol Street | Concord, NH | 03301
Telephone: 603-271-3658