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Licensed Nursing Assistant Arrested On Financial Exploitation Charges

CONTACT: Linda A. Purdy, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5332

April 22, 2011

Attorney General William H. Sorrell announced today that Jodi LaClaire, age 36, has been arrested in Bennington, New Hampshire, on a fugitive from justice charge seeking her return to the State of Vermont to face sixteen counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult and attempted financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Bail in the amount of $10,000 was set on the arrest warrant.

According to papers filed in court, the charge stems from cash withdrawals and attempted cash withdrawals using the credit card of a resident of The Thompson House Nursing Facility in Brattleboro, Vermont, where LaClaire was employed as a licensed nursing assistant. Over the course of ten days, the resident’s credit card was used to withdraw several thousand dollars. The arrest follows an investigation by the Brattleboro Police Department and the Vermont Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Unit.

The felony charges each carry a possible sentence of not more than ten years imprisonment.

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