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District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 15, 2019

Former Department of Corrections Nurse Sentenced for Drug Conviction

Defendant illegally provided Suboxone to two inmates

BOSTON – A nurse at the Department of Correction’s Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center (MASAC) in Plymouth, was sentenced today for distributing Suboxone strips to inmates in the facility.

Julie A. Inglis-Somers, 40, of Kingston, Mass., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to time served (11 days) and three years of supervised release with the first three months to be served in home detention. Additionally, Inglis-Somers is prohibited from seeking reinstatement of her nursing license.  

In June 2019, Inglis-Somers pleaded guilty to providing Suboxone to two inmates at MASAC on multiple occasions in November and December 2018. Suboxone, a Class III controlled substance used to treat heroin addiction, is sometimes misused to get high. Suboxone is a coveted contraband in prisons across the nation and is particularly popular in New England.  In December 2018, Inglis-Somers was charged by criminal complaint and arrested in Jacksonville, Fla. after fleeing Massachusetts.

MASAC is one of five facilities in Massachusetts where, under Massachusetts General Laws, a state court judge can send a person who the judge determines to be a danger to self or others due to substance abuse. MASAC is the only such facility overseen by the Massachusetts Department of Corrections. 

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Commissioner Carol Mici of the Massachusetts Department of Correction made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia M. Carris of Lelling’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted the case.

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Updated November 15, 2019