A recent case involving institutional nursing home abuse reveals just how far some individuals will go to take advantage of unsuspecting and sometimes defenseless elders. The defendant, who is now 71-years-old herself, plead guilty to the crime of elder fraud. According to the case, she admitted to the crimes of receiving stolen property and theft by deception after swindling nearly $322,000 from an 80-year-old man. The judge noted that the defendant was running a fraudulent scheme convincing the victim that the funds would be increased to $3 million through nursing home funds. Instead, the defendant used the funds for personal purposes.
The defendant was brought to court while already serving time for crimes committed during her employment at the Ronald Reagan Atrium I Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. In her earlier case, the defendant was employed as a nurse when one of her patients went missing. The defendant failed to notice the patient’s disappearance, and the patient died outdoors that evening. The defendant was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, health care fraud and other violations. As a result of her current criminal elder abuse charge, the defendant will be on probation for nine to ten years and she will remain in jail until she faces court for violating probation with her new charge. Additionally, the defendant was required to hand over a number of assets and her life insurance policy to pay off the $322,000 she stole.
The experienced attorneys at Goodrich and Geist are dedicated to pursuing justice in cases involving institutional abuse and assault. We understand that nursing homes and senior centers can sometimes provide an institutional shield for the abuser, and they may even escape criminal charges. If you or a loved one has been injured in a similar situation, then it may be possible to pursue your case in civil court. Contact us today for more information.
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