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News Release

For Immediate Release
June 30, 2011

Tracy M. Culberson, Assistant Attorney General
Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit
Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau
(603) 271-2678

Thornton Woman Arrested for Working as a Licensed Practical Nurse After License Had Been Revoked by NH Board of Nursing

Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces the arrest of Loretta Pinkham-Gerasimov, age 49, of Thornton, New Hampshire for two Class A Misdemeanor counts of violating the New Hampshire Nurse Practice Act and one Class A Misdemeanor count of violating the New Hampshire Consumer Protection Act.

In July 2010, the NH Board of Nursing revoked Loretta Pinkham-Gerasimov's state certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) after she failed to appear before the Board to answer an allegation that she misused a credit card belonging to a patient under her care. After her license was revoked, Pinkham-Gerasimov continued to perform nursing-related activities as an LPN at care facilities in Exeter and Westmoreland.

During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Pinkham-Gerasimov was providing private, unlicensed in-home care to two elderly women in Thornton. The Office of the Attorney General, in conjunction with the NH Department of Health and Human Services, the Grafton County Attorney's Office, the Thornton Police Department, the Thornton Fire Department, and the Town of Thornton Health Department intervened to cease all care-related services within Pinkham-Geramisov's residence.

Pinkham-Gerasimov is scheduled to appear for arraignment in the Exeter District Court on August 2, 2011 and in the Keene District Court on August 10, 2011. Bail conditions preclude her from providing paid or unpaid nursing-related services to any elderly, disabled or impaired adult.

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