For Immediate Release
April 6, 2022
Michael S. Garrity, Director of Communications
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Bryan J. Townsend, II, Senior Assistant Attorney General
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau
Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit
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Concord, NH – Attorney General John M. Formella announces that Christina Lariviere, age 37, formerly of Bow, pleaded guilty and was sentenced on April 5, 2022, in the Rockingham County Superior Court, on felony and misdemeanor counts of identity fraud, forgery, theft, and credit card fraud.
Investigation revealed that in September 2018, Ms. Lariviere, while working at a restaurant in Manchester, stole a customer’s debit card information and used the information to make purchases for herself.
Between July and August 2019, while working as a caregiver at a long-term care facility in Londonderry, Ms. Lariviere stole personal identifying information (“PII”), including social security cards and driver’s licenses, from four elderly residents, ages 99, 97, 91, and 87, all of whom suffered from dementia. Ms. Lariviere then used the PII of two of the residents to open credit card accounts in the residents’ names. Ms. Lariviere also stole a credit card belonging to one of the residents, using the card to make purchases for herself.
In November 2019, while employed as an in-home caregiver, Ms. Lariviere stole cash from one elderly client, age 87, in Pelham and debit card information belonging to another elderly client, age 87, in Salem, using the debit card information to make purchases for herself. Ms. Lariviere forged checks belonging to two additional elderly individuals in Pelham, and used another person’s identity to open bank accounts in order to deposit these checks. Ms. Lariviere used account information associated with one of the checks to make purchases for herself.
In December 2019, Ms. Lariviere stole and used debit card information belonging to her landlord in Derry. Ms. Lariviere also forged a check belonging to her landlord.
Ms. Lariviere pleaded guilty to five class A felony counts of identity fraud, one class A felony count of theft by unauthorized taking, one class A felony count of credit card fraud, three class B felony counts of forgery, three class A misdemeanor counts of theft by unauthorized taking, and one class A misdemeanor count of credit card fraud. Nine of the charges carried extended-terms of imprisonment based upon Ms. Lariviere taking advantage of the victims’ ages and disabilities. Ms. Lariviere’s crimes resulted in total losses of $11,239.18.
The Court sentenced Ms. Lariviere to serve 7½-20 years in the New Hampshire State Prison, stand committed. The Court imposed additional concurrent State Prison sentences. Additionally, the Court sentenced Ms. Lariviere to serve 7½-15 years in the New Hampshire State Prison, to be fully suspended for 15 years, beginning upon release from incarceration. The suspended sentence is consecutive to the stand committed terms. Ms. Lariviere’s suspended sentence prohibits her from caring for elderly, disabled, or impaired adults and from serving in a fiduciary capacity.
Investigator Frederick Lulka of the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau investigated these cases with assistance from police departments from: Pelham; Manchester; Londonderry; Derry; and Salem.
Senior Assistant Attorney General Bryan J. Townsend, II, of the Attorney General’s Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit, and Assistant Attorney General Kevin Scura, of the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau, prosecuted the cases. Investigative Paralegal Rachelle Simon and Victim Witness Advocate Sunny Mulligan-Shea also assisted.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of elder abuse or financial exploitation, please contact your local police department and 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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