For Immediate Release - February 02, 2011

Former Certified Nursing Assistant Convicted for Abusing 91 Year Old Nursing Home Resident

SALEM - A Salem District Court jury has convicted a Lynn woman in connection with assaulting an elderly nursing home resident while she was working as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) assigned to the Hunt Nursing and Retirement Home in Danvers, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

Nancy Aiguobargueghian, age 31, was convicted of Assault and Battery on an Elderly Person. She was sentenced by District Court Judge Sabita Singh to serve two years of supervised probation with conditions that she complete an anger management course, and that she provide no direct patient care during the period of probation.

The Attorney General's Office began an investigation after the matter was referred by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). Investigators discovered that in July 2006, Aiguobargueghian was assigned to provide care to the victim. Aiguobargueghian physically assaulted the victim while the patient was in a wheelchair. These acts were witnessed by nursing home employees. After DPH investigated the matter, the case was referred to the Attorney General's Office for prosecution.

On June 4, 2010, Aiguobargueghian was arraigned in Salem District Court where she entered a plea of not guilty and was released on personal recognizance. On February 1, 2011, after a two-day trial the jury returned with a guilty verdict after deliberating for approximately three and a half hours. After the verdict, Aiguobargueghian was sentenced by District Court Judge Singh to serve two years of supervised probation.

Assistant Attorney General Gregory Matthews of AG Coakley's Medicaid Fraud Division prosecuted the case, with the assistance of Investigator Linda Landry and Victim Witness Advocate Ashley Cinelli.