BOSTON - A former employee of a Veterans Affairs medical facility in Bedford was sentenced today to community confinement for selling cocaine to veterans being treated for substance abuse at the facility.
Patrick M. McNulty, 29, of North Billerica, was sentenced today on a three count indictment charging him with distributing cocaine at the VA Medical Center in Bedford. United States District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton sentenced McNulty to three months community confinement in a halfway house to be followed by three months of home confinement and probation for a period of three years. The government had recommended a sentence of six months incarceration followed by three years of supervised release.
In Nov. 2010, a VA patient came forward and told authorities that McNulty was selling cocaine, marijuana and ecstasy to patients at the VA Medical Center in Bedford. Among other things, the VA Medical Center in Bedford provides veterans with alcohol and drug abuse rehabilitation services. The patient, who agreed to cooperate in the investigation, purchased cocaine from McNulty at the VA Medical Center in Bedford on three separate occasions in Nov. and Dec. 2010. Under the direction of law enforcement, the patient recorded the transactions which had McNulty talking about his drug sales and sources. In one recording, McNulty stated, “I can get coke like it’s nothing. I can get more coke all day.” He was also recorded boasting that he was getting cocaine from two different gangs.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz, Jeffrey Hughes, Special Agent in Charge of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Office of Inspector General, Northeast Field Office and Kevin Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division made the announcement. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney John T. McNeil in Ortiz’s Criminal Division.