June 28, 2013
A former nursing home administrator in Champaign, Illinois was arrested this week after being accused of stealing thousands of dollars from residents at a local nursing home. In Illinois, financial exploitation, including theft and robbery, is considered a form of nursing home abuse.
According to police reports, 55-year-old Pamela S. Britt, former administrator of the Heartland Health Care Center, has been charged with a total of 12 counts of financial exploitation against the elderly, theft, forgery, and theft by deception. Reportedly, between 2007 through 2011, Britt stole over $100,000 from several residents while still employed at the nursing home.
Although the details of exactly how Britt was caught has not been released, authorities conveyed that the money was discovered missing after an internal audit. The residents’ money is kept in a pool together, regardless of whether it comes from Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or private insurance. The residents have their own accounts, authorities went on to say, but those funds are then placed in a pool. Authorities did reveal, however, that Britt was reportedly writing personal checks to herself and then making fake entries into bookkeeping.
If convicted, Britt faces up to 15 years in prison.
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