Former IFAW Executive Charged With Stealing Children’s Medication

GavelBARNSTABLE – A Marstons Mills woman who formerly served as the chief financial officer at the Woods Hole Research Center and the International Fund for Animal Welfare in Yarmouth 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 57-year-old Powers was captured on video by the mother of the children from whom the medications were allegedly stolen. The family is renting a home from Powers.

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

Powers is married to Housing Assistance Corporation of Hyannis CEO Frederic Presbrey.



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