Larceny in the First Degree is a class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000 on each count. Larceny in the Second Degree is a class C felony punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000 on each count.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, the arrest is the result of a lengthy investigation into a complaint filed in July 2012 with the Bristol Police Department by the estate of one of Nielson’s former clients. The warrant alleges that beginning in June through December 2011, Nielson wrote a series of fifteen checks made payable to himself which were drawn on the elderly client’s checking account to which he had been added as Power-of-Attorney. The checks ranged in dollar amount from $1,000 to $150,000.
Nielson was arrested this morning by Detectives from the Bristol Police Department and held on a court set $25,000 cash/surety bond for arraignment in Bristol Superior Court later in the day.
The Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney assisted Bristol Police in their investigation and is prosecuting the case.