Many Cases Of Nursing Home Worker Embezzlement From Trust Funds

A USA Today investigation sheds light on a common problem - the stealing from nursing home residents' trust funds by nursing home workers across the United States. According to the article, thousands of residents in U.S. nursing homes and other long-term care institutions have had their personal savings raided or mismanaged. These residents relied on the facilities to safeguard the money in special trust fund accounts.

In one case, an administrator discovered the theft when she saw a receipt for $90 for a pair of designer jeans, for a resident who had both legs amputated. She was alerted to possible fraud and started looking elsewhere in the books. She found that there were always receipts to back up the charges, so the fraud had not been discovered during audits. But she knew the residents and knew they wouldn't buy North Face jackets and Ugg boots, hair dryers and makeup, even a baseball bat. "I felt sick," she says.

Suspicions fell on an office staffer at the Mississippi facility. In 2012, she was charged with billing $101,000 in personal expenses to the trust accounts of 83 residents at two facilities. She pleaded guilty in August to multiple counts of exploitation of vulnerable adults.

"These (residents) are vulnerable; the nursing home is supposed to take care of them," says a woman whose 89-year-old mother-in-law had funds embezzled. "I was surprised there wasn't more oversight." For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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