By Susan Morse
YORK, Maine — The nursing license of a woman suspected of robbing Kennebunk Savings Bank was suspended last year for alleged violations of the Nurse Practice Act involving controlled substances.
Roxanne Esty, 36, also known as Roxanne Gillis, of Gorham, N.H., is charged with robbing the Bank of New Hampshire in Conway, N.H. on May 11 and is suspected or robbing the Kennebunk Savings Bank in York on May 29.
The New Hampshire Board of Nursing ruled on Dec. 14, 2011, to suspend the registered nursing license of Roxanne I. Gillis for two years and issue a fine of $750 for violations of the Nurse Practice Act including diversion of drugs or controlled substances, failure to accurately record controlled mediations, and for exhibiting a pattern of behavior incompatible with the standards of practice for nurse, according to the New Hampshire Board of Nursing Web site.
In April 2011, Gillis was working at the St. Vincent de Paul Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Berlin, N.H., according to nhlicenses.nh.gov. While employed there, according to the Board of Nursing rulings of law, Gillis “attempted to divert” Ativan gel and Tramadol. Ativan is used to treat anxiety disorders or anxiety associated with depression while Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
In July 2011, while employed at Country Village Center in Lancaster, N.H., Gillis made “incorrect, inconsistent or unintelligible entries in a patient’s record pertaining to drugs or controlled substances,” it stated.
York police have not issued an arrest warrant for Esty but said they are confident she is the person who robbed Kennebunk Savings Bank on Hannaford Drive late last month. Police have not disclosed the amount of money taken.
“She’s the one we’re looking at,” Detective Sgt. Tom Cryan said this past Monday. “We’re confident she’s the right person, based on an interview with her Friday night.”
The FBI is working on a joint investigation with police from York and Conway, N.H., on the case, according to FBI spokesman Greg Comcowich.
Esty is in custody at the Carroll County House of Corrections in New Hampshire, held on $50,000 cash bail for the alleged robbery of the Conway bank. She was arrested and charged with that robbery after York and Conway police received a tip on June 8 that the person they sought was Esty, according to York police. A search warrant uncovered evidence from both bank robberies, according to police.