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Post date: April 14 2016

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Arrest Of Nurse Charged With Falsifying Patient Records To Cover Up Her Theft Of Drugs

RN Kristin Bolduc Allegedly Falsified Documents And Pocketed Patients’ Narcotics

Schneiderman: We Will Prosecute Those Who Abuse Their Authority And Jeopardize Patient Health

ALBANY – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the arrest and arraignment of Kristin Bolduc, a registered nurse, on charges that she falsely documented the medical records of two patients at St. Peter’s Hospital in order to steal medications including narcotics.

On July 30, 2014, Bolduc was responsible for administering medications to hospital patients and, in such capacity, is accused of falsely documenting the administration of  Oxycodone-Acetaminophen (Percocet) and Diazepam (Valium), both controlled substances, and Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), a muscle relaxer, when the medications were not administered.  Boluduc allegedly had several pills in her uniform pockets, including narcotics, hours after the medications were scheduled to be administered.  She allegedly admitted that one of the Percocet pills found in her pocket was a dose that she removed at the beginning of her shift.

“Medical professionals who abuse their authority to dispense medications at the expense of patient care will be held accountable,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “Patients and their families have the right to expect that they and their loved ones will receive the best possible care while at a hospital in New York. My office will continue to prosecute individuals who abuse their authority and jeopardize the health of their patients by putting their own interests above those who entrust them with their care.”  

Bolduc, 38, of Freehold, was arraigned on charges of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E Felony, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a class A Misdemeanor, and Petit Larceny, a class A Misdemeanor, before the Honorable Gary F. Stiglmeier in Albany County Court.  The defendant was released on her own recognizance.

The charges against the defendant are accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The investigation was led by Investigator John Benshoff of Albany’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with the assistance of Medical Analyst Stephanie Keyser, Supervising Investigator Dianne Hart and Upstate Deputy Chief Investigator William Falk.  The Attorney General’s Office was assisted by New York State Department of Health Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement Investigator Rick Boettcher.

Special Assistant Attorney General Erin Lynch of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Albany Regional Office is prosecuting the case with Regional MFCU Director Kathleen Boland.  Catherine Wagner is MFCU's Upstate Chief of Criminal Investigations.  The New York Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is led by Director Amy Held and Assistant Deputy Attorney General Paul Mahoney.  The Criminal Justice Division is led by Kelly Donovan.

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