For Immediate Release
June 24, 2020
Concord, NH – Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald and Lebanon Police Chief Richard R. Mello announce that Debra Bailey (age 56) of Enfield, was arrested on June 22, 2020, and charged with two class A felony counts of financial exploitation of an elderly adult, in violation of RSA 631:9, I(a) & (b).
One charge alleges that between December 2017 and July 2019, Ms. Bailey, while serving as legal guardian for her mother, S.B. (age 78), recklessly used her mother's financial resources for Ms. Bailey's own benefit and in breach of her fiduciary obligations to her mother. The other charge alleges that between March 2018 and November 2018, Ms. Bailey recklessly failed to use her mother's financial resources to pay for her mother's shelter, including rent at a nursing facility, while under a duty to do so, instead using the resources for Ms. Bailey's own benefit. On each charge, the State alleges that Ms. Bailey unlawfully used at least $1,500 of her mother's financial resources.
Ms. Bailey is scheduled to be arraigned on July 27, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. before the Grafton County Superior Court. The charges and allegations are merely accusations, and Ms. Bailey is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
The case was investigated by the Lebanon Police Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Bryan J. Townsend, II, of the Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit of the Attorney General's Office.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of elder abuse or financial exploitation, please contact your local police department or the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (1-800-949-0470).
New Hampshire Department of Justice
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