EAST ROCHESTER - An East Rochester woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing money from an elderly relative.
The criminal complaint, filed on Wednesday in Strafford Superior Court, alleges that between May 7, 2019, and May 12, 2022, Jennifer Bryant, 47, "obtained or exercised unauthorized control over social security funds, property of (victim) and/or Administrator of Riverside Rest Home, by depositing the funds into a Citizen's Bank account and using the funds to make unauthorized expenditures."
The amount of the alleged theft is reported as more than $1,500.
If convicted Bryant faces a penalty of up to 7½ -15 years in the New Hampshire State Prison, and a $4,000 fine. She is scheduled to be arraigned in the Strafford Superior Court on March 2 at 12:30 p.m.
This case was investigated jointly by the New Hampshire Department of Justice's Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit and the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. The matter is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant Attorney General Bryan J. Townsend II, of the Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation Unit, and Attorney Andrew Yourell of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of elder abuse or financial exploitation, please contact your local police department or the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services (1-800-949-0470).