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MAY 17, 2011

Boston, Mass. - A Veterans Affairs employee who supervised veterans undergoing substance abuse treatment a VA medical facility, was arrested and charged today for allegedly selling cocaine to the patients he was responsible for supervising.

PATRICK M. McNULTY, 28, of North Billerica, was arrested today on a criminal complaint charging him with distributing cocaine at the VA Medical Center in Bedford, Mass. According to the affidavit a VA patient came forward in November 2010 to complain that McNULTY was selling cocaine , marijuana and ecstasy to patients. Among other things, the VA Medical Center in Bedford provides veterans with alcohol and drug abuse rehabilitation services. According to the affidavit, the patient agreed to cooperate in the investigation, and purchased cocaine from McNULTY on three separate occasions in November and December 2010. Each of the sales allegedly took place at the VA Medical Center in Bedford. According to the affidavit, under the direction of law enforcement officers, the patient recorded the transactions, and McNULTY was recorded talking about his drug sales and sources. It is alleged that in one recording McNULTY stated, “I can get coke like it’s nothing. I can get more coke all day.”

If convicted, McNULTY faces up to 20 years incarceration to be followed by up to a lifetime of supervised release and a $1 million fine.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Jeffrey Hughes, Special Agent in Charge of the Northeast Field Office of the Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General; and Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. McNeil in Ortiz’s Criminal Division.


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