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Nurse pleads not guilty to forgery



Valley News Staff Writer
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

NORTH HAVERHILL — A 28-year-old nurse from Enfield pleaded not guilty this week to forging a provider’s name on a prescription for her patient at the Lebanon Center, a Genesis Health Care facility for elder care on Old Etna Road, earlier this year.

Mary Thornton, who is a licensed practical nurse, faces four felonies in the Grafton Superior Court case, including two that stemmed from her arrest in March.

A grand jury last month indicted her on additional charges, which she pleaded not guilty to during an arraignment on Monday.

All of the charges allege she forged or falsified a prescription.

Lebanon police launched an investigation in February after receiving a report from staff at Genesis about an altered prescription, according to a probable cause affidavit in the case.

At least two nurses said they witnessed Thornton forge the advanced practice registered nurse’s signature onto a prescription for a controlled drug for a patient and then fax it to the pharmacy, the affidavit states.

In an interview with police, Thornton said the on-call provider that day “gets angry” when nurses call about needed medications or she never responds, so Thornton decided to copy a previous prescription because she didn’t want her patient to go without, according to the affidavit.

Thornton had appeared in court in early April. She is represented by attorney Renee Sargent. Attempts to reach Sargent and Thornton on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Thornton’s nursing license is still active, according to the state’s website. Genesis spokeswoman Lori Mayer said Thornton is no longer employed at the Lebanon Center.

Thornton also faces charges in Connecticut, which allege she fraudulently used a business credit card when she was an office manager at S.H. Acoustics in Milford, Conn. That case is still pending, and Thornton is due back in a Connecticut court in September, a court clerk said on Wednesday.

Thornton is due next in the North Haverhill courthouse on July 31. She remains out on personal recognizance bail.

Jordan Cuddemi can be reached at jcuddemi@vnews.com or 603-727-3248.