Nursing assistant arrested after allegedly trying to talk elderly clients out of pressing charges over $5K theftUnion Leader Staff
August 16. 2018 7:39AM
HOLLIS - A home-care nursing assistant has been charged with witness tampering for allegedly trying to get an elderly couple to not press charges for an alleged theft of more than $5,000 from them.
According to local police, the couple noticed more than $5,000 missing from their bank account and brought it to police attention on Aug. 4.
“It was determined that between May and the end of July of this year, someone had fraudulently used the couple’s debit card to make multiple separate cash withdrawals from two ATM machines, one in Nashua, the other in Amherst,” police said.
Investigators ultimately identified one of the couple’s licensed nursing assistants employed through an outside home care agency as their primary suspect, they said.
After being questioned by police, Jessica Vazquez, 28, of Nashua, was fired, but she returned to the couple’s home later the same day to plead with them not to pursue criminal charges.
“As a result, an arrest warrant was issued for Vazquez and she was arrested,” police said.
Vazquez was arrested and released on $500 cash bail pending arraignment in Hillsborough Superior Court South at a later date. Witness tampering is a Class B felony punishable by 3.5 to 7 years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
The thefts were referred to an outside agency for further investigation as they occurred outside the local police jurisdiction.