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Cape Cod woman charged with stealing children’s medication

June 12, 2015

BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) — A prominent Cape Cod woman who formerly served as the chief financial officer at the Woods Hole Research Center and the International Fund for Animal Welfare has been charged with stealing prescription medications from the children of a family that rented a house she owns.

Melanie Powers was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty Thursday in Barnstable District Court to five counts of larceny of a controlled substance.

The Cape Cod Times (http://bit.ly/1GBOEKC ) reports that the mother of the children from whom the medications were allegedly stolen became suspicious and caught the 57-year-old Powers on video.

The drugs stolen included oxycodone, morphine, Ketamine, Dilaudid and diazepam. The children took the medication for a rare genetic connective tissue disorder.

Powers refused comment outside court. Her lawyer says “she’s doing OK.”

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