Fake Nurse Pleads Guilty to Child Endangerment and Fraud
A women who lied to obtain a job as a school nurse in the Haverhill Public Schools, pleaded guilty today in Salem Superior Court to child endangerment, neglect and fraud charges. Judge David Lowy adopted the jointly recommended sentence of two and half years in the House of Correction with 60 days to be served and the balanced suspended for three years. While she is on probation, she must seek and obtain the court’s permission before getting a job in the medical field.
Lisa Haney Bilodeau, 40, pleaded guilty to Reckless Endangerment of a Child (2 counts); Permitting Injury to a Disabled Person (2 counts); Forgery of a Document; Uttering a False Writing; Identity Fraud; and False Claim to Hold a School Degree.
Essex Assistant District Attorney Ashlee Logan told the court that in August of 2013, the defendant applied and interviewed for a nursing position in the Haverhill Public Schools. In the interview and on a job application, she said that she held an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Northern Essex Community College. During a routine audit in May 2014, Haverhill School officials realized that they did not have a copy of the defendant’s nursing license. They asked her to provide them with a copy while also conducting an online search of nursing licenses. When the defendant produced a copy of her license, the school administrator immediately recognized it as forged. At that time, the defendant was placed on leave.
ADA Logan further told the court that while the defendant was employed as a nurse at a Haverhill middle school, she was assigned to care for two children with special needs. One of the children, a girl with Downs Syndrome and diabetes, required medical attention due to the defendant’s improper administration of her daily insulin shots. The other child, a boy, who has cerebral palsy and is non-verbal, requires narcotics to control seizures. The boy’s family reported repeated infections in the area of the boy’s feeding tube as well as concern that the defendant was not licensed or trained to administer the narcotics.
The defendant was represented by Attorney Scott Gleason and was taken into custody following the hearing.
Essex Victim Advocate Kathy Draper assisted with the case.