August 13, 2013
Two Vicksburg, Mississippi women have been sentenced for nursing home abuse after pleading guilty in court this week to several counts of exploitation and conspiracy against the elderly.
According to reports, Angela Palmer, 44, and Lee Martin 38, worked together to steal more than $100,000 from the Vicksburg Convalescent Center and the Shady Lawn Health and Rehab. Martin worked as a business coordinator at both nursing homes. A total of 83 residents at both facilities were victims of theft. While Martin was the mastermind behind the majority of thefts, Palmer also played a hand in helping her.
One of the residents at Vicksburg Convalescent Center happened to be a relative of Palmer’s. When Palmer found out that Martin was stealing from her loved one, she decided to join in and assist her instead of reporting the incident.
Soon after, the missing money began to surface and an investigation began, which resulted in officials confronting Martin. Although she was shown evidence, including photos and receipts of the theft, it didn’t seem to bother her at all. In fact, according to the prosecutor of the trial, Martin didn’t show any emotion at all.
Consequently, Martin has been sent to prison, where she will remain until she pays back the entire amount of money stolen. If she still has not paid the funds back after 15 years of time served, she’ll be able to fulfill her remaining time on probation and house arrest.
For her part in the crimes, Palmer was given five years probation and a substantial amount of fines.
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