New Hampshire Governor Wants Worker Charged with Fraud Suspended

February 20, 2009

New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch is calling for a state worker to be suspended after she pleaded guilty to insurance fraud in a previous job.

Raye Ellen Douville is scheduled to be sentenced for insurance fraud in April after she pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from truck companies. Douville now works for the state Employment Security Office filing unemployment claims.

Prosecutors said Douville, known as Raymond Douville before a gender change, didn’t buy insurance for the companies.

Commissioner Richard Brothers said Douville has been a good employee, and that she has been honest about the investigation.

Brothers said that Douville is protected by the state employees union, and only under very specific circumstances can she be let go. But in a written statement, Lynch said Brothers should suspend Douville, and if she’s not removed, he will go to the attorney general.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, www.wmur.com

Information from: Concord Monitor, www.cmonitor.com

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