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Licensed Nursing Aide Charged With Drug Diversion And Abuse And Financial Exploitation Of Vulnerable Adults

CONTACT: Linda A. Purdy, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5511

September 8, 2011

Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Shannon Bedard, age 27, of St. Albans, Vermont, was arraigned on September 6, 2011 in Vermont Superior Court, Criminal Division, Franklin County, on two felony counts of Obtaining a Regulated Drug by Deceit, two misdemeanor counts of Abuse of a Vulnerable Adult, and two misdemeanor counts of Financial Exploitation of a Vulnerable Adult.

According to papers filed in Court, while working as a nursing aide at the Holiday House Residential Care Home in St. Albans, Ms. Bedard, on two occasions, allegedly obtained a regulated drug that had been prescribed for elderly patients in her care. Ms. Bedard also allegedly withdrew funds from an elderly patient’s bank account without legal authority to do so.

The drug diversion charges each carry a possible sentence of not more than two years and one day imprisonment. The abuse and financial exploitation charges each carry possible sentences of not more than one year, and not more than eighteen months, respectively.

The Vermont Secretary of State’s Office of Professional Regulation conducted the investigation and the State of Vermont’s Nursing Board has suspended Ms. Bedard’s nursing assistant license.

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