Former nursing home administrator charged with theft and fraud

Former nursing home administrator charged with theft and fraud

| Aug 6, 2013 | Larceny & Theft |

Two years after surrendering his professional license amid theft allegation, a 48-year-old former Maryland nursing home administrator has been indicted on 12 charges, including felony theft, felony Medicaid fraud and felony theft scheme. The alleged thefts occurred while he was administrator of the Berlin nursing home in 2004 and 2005.

The former administrator has been accused of writing checks from the nursing home’s account to use for his personal expenses. According to his resignation letter in 2011, he allegedly wrote 16 checks for a total of $82,000. Though he resigned to avoid prosecution for the $82,000 in misappropriated funds, an investigation found that he may have also been responsible for hundreds of thousands of dollars in missing nursing home funds.

According to a report related to a civil suit that involved the former administrator, he was accused of embezzling more than $460,000. The money was allegedly given to a private company that was controlled by the same person who sold him a $490,000 home during his tenure as administrator of the nursing home. The embezzlement allegations are separate from the criminal charges.

Medicaid fraud carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a fine of $100,000. He also faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000 for the felony theft charges. Maryland residents who are facing severe charges and possible penalties may choose to be represented by an attorney who is familiar with larceny and theft laws. An attorney may be able to present evidence that shows reasonable doubt or negotiate a plea agreement that results in a reduced sentence.

Source: The Dispatch, “Ex-Nursing Home Head Indicted On Theft, Fraud”, Shawn J. Soper, August 02, 2013