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Mass. woman who aided jailed boyfriend with impersonating attorney guilty

Union Leader Correspondent

June 24. 2013 6:55PM
John Bouraphael, 33, of Danville was sentenced last week to 1 to 2 years in state prison for impersonating public defender Anthony Naro. His girlfriend, Shayna Provencal, 24, of Andover, Mass. was convicted of a misdemeanor charge as his accomplice on Monday. (JAMES A. KIMBLE/FILE PHOTO)

BRENTWOOD — A woman who helped her jailed boyfriend make a three-way telephone call so he could talk to an inmate at another county jail received a suspended jail sentence as part of a plea agreement struck just before her trial.

Shayna Provencal, 24, of Andover, Mass., pleaded guilty on Monday to accomplice to tampering with public records or information.

She received a suspended 12-month county jail sentence and must remain on good behavior for two years in order to avoid any jail time, according to terms of the deal.

Provencal was scheduled to go on trial Monday on a felony charge of accomplice to identity fraud, a charge that could have brought a 7 ½ to 15 year prison term had she been convicted by a jury.

She made a three-way phone call to the Merrimack County House of Corrections last June 1 while her jailed boyfriend, John Bouraphael, posed as a public defender wanting to speak to his client.

The jail call — which was recorded by corrections officers — led to the couple being indicted on felony charges months later.

Bouraphael, 33, of Danville was sentenced 1 to 2 years in state prison on Thursday moments after a judge convicted him of felony identity fraud. He was at the end of a 1 ¼ to 4-year prison term on a felony drug conviction when he was convicted in the latest case last week.

Bouraphael’s conviction for identity fraud marked a legal first in New Hampshire.

The state’s identity fraud law was used to prosecute an inmate who lifted a public defender’s New Hampshire Bar number to impersonate the lawyer.

Judge Kenneth McHugh concluded that an attorney’s N.H. Bar identification number was personal identifying information that allowed Bouraphael to pose as attorney Anthony Naro when he called the jail.

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