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April 5, 2014

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School nurse accused of falsifying credentials

HAVERHILL — A special education nurse fired last week for faking her licensing credentials was arraigned on a variety of criminal charges yesterday and held on $5,000 cash bail.

Lisa Bilodeau, 38, 3 Erica Way, Haverhill, was fired March 25 following a police investigation. She was arrested and arraigned in Haverhill District Court on three counts of reckless endangerment of a child, identity fraud, forging a document and uttering a false instrument. A police report in the case listed five victims between ages 10 and 12.

Bilodeau sobbed as Assistant District Attorney Tom Sholds outlined the case against her.

Sholds said Bilodeau listed her aesthetician, or skin care, license number when she applied for and was hired last summer as a nurse’s assistant at Moody School.

Bilodeau was later hired as a nurse for the district’s most severely disabled students this school year at Nettle Middle School.

As part of a recent School Department audit of nurses’ records in the district, officials noticed problems with Bilodeau’s credentials and asked her to provide proof of her registered nurse’s license.

Bilodeau eventually submitted a copy of another person’s registered nurse license with Bilodeau’s name and address fabricated on it.

In asking that Bilodeau be held on $25,000 cash bail, Sholds argued that she put the lives of many children at risk and violated the public trust. In her position as a special education nurse, Sholds said Bilodeau administered feeding tubes and medicine orally and intravenously to students with Down syndrome and other serious medical issues and disorders. Sholds also said that Bilodeau has an open criminal case in Lawrence District Court for larceny by check.

Brian Todd is the father of one of the students that Bilodeau cared for at Nettle School. He was in court yesterday and said afterward that he was disappointed that Judge Patricia Dowling lowered Bilodeau’s bail to $5,000.

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