Former Nursing Home Employee Under Arrest for Allegedly Stealing $13,000 from Residents
The former Medicaid coordinator of a North Miami, Florida, nursing home is under arrest, facing multiple charges for allegedly stealing more than $13,000 from three of the facility’s patients, according to an affidavit by the Florida Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
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Dating back to December 2014, the 49-year-old former employee of Claridge House deceived three residents in order to gain access to their bank accounts.
She conned her first two victims by lying to them, saying they would not qualify for Medicaid because their bank account balances were too high. The woman told her first victim that she would store half of the $4,000 he withdrew in the facility’s safe – she did not deposit that money into the safe, but rather went on to use the man’s ATM card 13 times from April to June 2015.
The woman told her second victim to withdraw $1,500 and to provide her with his ATM card’s personal identification number. She used the card five times during July 2015.
The woman was fired from her job at the Claridge House, and upon her dismissal, a third victim came forward after realizing she stole from him as well. In December 2014, she wrongly informed the man that he needed to open a new bank account, as his current account couldn’t process his electronic pension transfers because they were in British pounds rather than United States dollars.
The former employee took his new bank account information and other important documents and assured him they would be stored in the nursing home’s safe. The man’s bank account card was used 26 times between December 2014 and July 2015.
The former Claridge House employee was arrested late last month. She now faces charges of three counts of grand theft and three counts of exploitation of the elderly. If convicted, she could spend a maximum of 30 years in prison.