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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Bourne Woman Indicted On Drug Theft

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Boston - A Bourne woman was charged today with stealing drugs from a home for veterans.

Pamela Silverberg, 49, was charged in an indictment with obtaining controlled substances by subterfuge.

The indictment alleges that Silverberg was working at the Kendrick House in Bourne as a housekeeper, cook and caretaker. Kendrick House is a community residential care home, privately owned and operated, that provides housing and care primarily to U.S. veterans. It housed 19 veterans in the Spring of 2011 when Silverberg is alleged to have stolen certain controlled drugs, including clonazepam (an anti-anxiety medication). She attempted to cover up her theft by substituting over-the-counter allergy medication which had a similar, though not identical, appearance.

If convicted, Silverberg faces up to four years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Jeffrey Hughes, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Criminal Investigations Division, Northeast Field Office, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Kanwit of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the indictment are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.