Nursing Home Employee Admits to Stealing Over $60,000 from Residents

A nursing home employee confessed this week to stealing nearly $63,000 from two elderly residents at the facility to help pay for her daughter's college tuition. The 43-year-old woman pleaded guilty in District Court to four felony counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.

The nursing home employee could face up to a year in jail and be required to pay full restitution. According to court records, the thefts happened in 2009 and 2010. Police began investigating last December after the property manager discovered a number of checks made payable to Blair and her husband from one of the victim's accounts.

A search of the suspect's bank records revealed multiple checks deposited from the 88-year-old woman's account, the charges said. The employee also used the elderly woman's credit card to pay for $2,000 in tuition costs for her daughter in April 2010.

Police also found checks from a second resident that had been deposited into the woman's account. In total, the employee stole $62,995 from the two residents from March 2009 to August 2010, the charges said. When questioned by police, the woman said she had "borrowed" money from the residents to pay for her daughter's college tuition but that she planned to pay the money back. For more, read the story.


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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