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Another Arrest Made in Connecticut Nursing Home Theft Case

May 22, 2013

A woman who reportedly assisted a former nursing home worker with cashing fraudulent checks was arrested this week, just one month after the first suspect was arrested.

According to police reports, 35-year-old Khalila Russell was allegedly helping 49-year-old Brigitte Amigron cash checks illegally. Amigron, who previously worked at the St. Camillus Center nursing home, reportedly stole over $10,000 from residents’ accounts. Russell participated by acting as a vendor who sold clothing and other items that the residents may need. Russell allegedly cashed over $10,000 for Amigron, taking a cut for herself after each transaction. The plan, however, backfired.

Amigron was arrested in April for third-degree larceny and first-degree burglary. After extensive investigations, police determined that Russell was also involved. She was arrested and charged with one count of second-degree larceny and one count of conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny. Russell is due to appear at the Stamford state Superior Court on May 28 for an arraignment.
The incident marks the second time Amigron has been arrested for stealing from St. Camillus. Earlier this year, she was arrested for stealing from a cash fund that the nursing home set up for its annual Christmas party. Close to $2,200 in petty cash was stolen from the nursing home’s safe.

Keep in mind that if you or a loved one have been victim to nursing home abuse, an experienced nursing home abuse attorney may be able to assist. Our leading Texas nursing home abuse attorneys at McIver Brown law firm will be happy to provide you with a free consultation.

Source: http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/policereports/article/Second-arrest-in-nursing-home-cash-thefts-4516131.php

Connecticut Nursing Home Abuse Involving Not Giving Patients Prescribed Medications

September 16, 2011

The Connecticut Public Health Department has fined Regency Heights nursing home of Danielson, Connecticut for not giving residents correct doses of prescribed medications. Inspectors found that over the past three to four months 18 residents did not get enough of their medications for illnesses such as dementia and heart disease.

The nursing home was issued a class B violation, which means that the violation created “a probability of death or serious harm in the reasonably foreseeable future.” The facility was fined the maximum amount of $3000 for the violation.

Regency Heights says they noticed the problem after an internal investigation and reported it to the Department of Health. They say they have also notified families of the victims of this form of nursing home abuse and have told them how they are correcting the problem.

A nursing home abuse lawyer can help victims of nursing home abuse or neglect receive financial compensation for the negligence of a nursing home.

source: http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/windham_cty/nursing-home-fined-over-medication-dosage-failures

Connecticut Nursing Home Cited for Nursing Home Abuse

December 6th, 2010

The Clintonville Manor nursing home in North Haven, Connecticut has been put on a federal list of “special focus” facilities after state inspections found nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect. Residents of the home told inspectors they were mistreated, abused, and neglected by administrators.

The nursing home was cited for failing to treat residents with dignity and respect and without fear of reprisal. The state report also says the nursing home failed to provide residents “with basic necessities, such as meals and snacks, with reasonable accommodation of their needs.”

Staff members told inspectors that the administrator for the past two years did not allow residents to eat anything in their rooms to avoid spills or crumbs. Residents with limited mobility were also barred from eating in their rooms. The nursing home also restricted residents’ access to their personal money.

Clintonville Manor has responded to the allegations by suspending its administrator and assistant administrator, and have hired a new administrator.

If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglect at their nursing home you are urged to contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss the situation and get your loved one the justice they deserve.

source: http://newhavenindependent.org/index.php/health/entry/north_haven_nursing_home_/id_31816

Connecticut Nursing Home Evacuated After a Pipe Burst

January 29, 2013

A faulty sprinkler pipe in a Connecticut nursing home resulted in an evacuation this week after water filled a portion of the nursing home, rendering it unsafe.

According to the Mystic fire officials, a broken sprinkler pipe located in the C wing of the Mystic Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Mystic burst on Sunday night, leaving the wing of the nursing home filled with close to three inches of water.

Although no one was injured, 25 residents were evacuated. Local ambulances were dispatched in order to take the residents to nearby facilities for a few days. The majority of the residents that were evacuated are unable to walk on their own. They waited in another part of the nursing home until 10 ambulance trucks arrived to pick them up.

Waterford’s Oswgatchie Fire Department, which has specialized equipment, was called in to help with the water clean up.

At this time, there is no reason as to why the pipe burst. However, the dangers of malfunctioning pipes can lead to devastating effects. Just a few days prior to the aforementioned incident, a ceiling collapsed in a nursing home in Ohio, causing three residents to sustain injuries. The roof collapse was a result of a leaky pipe that was not properly maintained. Eventually, the water from the pipe soaked through the insulation in the nursing home, causing the ceiling and the ceiling tiles to collapse.

Even though no criminal charges were filed, federal nursing laws mandate that all appliances and parts in a nursing home be kept in working condition. Because of the injuries, the victims may have the option of retaining a nursing home abuse attorney and filing civil charges for personal injury.

Sources:
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Broken-pipe-causes-Mystic-nursing-home-evacuation-4228753.php
http://www.13abc.com/story/20718126/ceilings-collapse-at-2-nursing-homes-3-residents-injured
http://www.theday.com/article/20130127/NWS01/130129744/0/SEARCH

Connecticut Worker Arrested Again for Nursing Home Abuse

April 5, 2013

A former nursing home office manager who had previously been charged with theft has been arrested once again for stealing. Yet, instead of stealing from office funds as before, the funds was stolen directly from a resident’s account; a form of nursing home abuse in the state of Connecticut.

According to Sgt. Andrew Gallagher of the Stamford Police, 49-year-old Brigitte Amigron turned herself in to authorities this Tuesday after an investigation determined that she stole over $10,000 from a resident’s trust fund at the St. Camillus Center nursing home.

Police began to investigate last month after the nursing home reported that a resident’s trust account, used as petty cash, was missing thousands of dollars. Eventually, the amount surpassed $10,000 and Amigron has now been suspected of forging checks and taking the money for her own personal use. In addition, Amigron allegedly made 64 purchases for several other residents, using their accounts, yet there were an array of multiple charges that were not used to provide for the residents.

As investigators continued to gather clues, they also learned that Amigron lost close to $26,000 at casinos in the past year. She has been charged with second-degree larceny as well as conspiracy to commit second-degree larceny. Furthermore, she may face civil charges should the victim hire a nursing home abuse attorney and file for damages.

In her previous arrest, Amigron was accused of stealing the company money that was put away in a safe for the annual Christmas party. A total of $2,200 was taken. She was charged with third-degree larceny and first-degree burglary for stealing from the nursing home’s safe.

Source: http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/policereports/article/Stamford-nursing-center-employee-arrested-again-4407508.php

Nursing Home Abuse: Resident Chokes to Death

April 4, 2013

Staff members in a Connecticut nursing home have been accused of nursing home abuse and neglect after a resident choked to death last month.

According to reports, the patient, who suffered from dementia and a mental disorder, was a resident at the Paradigm Health Center in Norwalk when the incident happened. In December of last year, the resident wandered through a gate at that had been left opened, and ingested food left out. The resident began choking and was administered CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. After the procedures failed, the resident was taken to a local hospital and placed on life support. A few weeks later, the victim died.

After investigating the death at Paradigm Health Center, James McGaughey of the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities began investigating the deaths of nursing home patients with mental disabilities. From 2004-2010 a total of 76 disabled victims have died at nursing homes in Connecticut. On every occasion, the deaths were because of irresponsibility, abuse, and neglect from staff workers. When investigating Paradigm, results show that there have been several instances in which residents have eaten food against their diet.

In February of this year, Paradigm paid a $1,500 fee and submitted a correction plan to the Department of Public Health (DPH). Yet, a separate incident led to another fine when a disabled resident at a Paradigm Healthcare facility in Waterbury suffered a major laceration on the forehead after falling down.

Although Paradigm is required to pay fines to DPH, the victims themselves and/or family members have the right to retain a nursing home abuse attorney and file for civil damages, which may possibly lead to more fines for the center in the future.

Source: http://articles.courant.com/2013-03-15/news/hc-choking-death-nursing-home-20130314_1_state-health-inspection-report-norwalk-facility-patient

Nursing Home Employee Arrested Again for Larceny

January 21, 2013

In a second case of nursing home abuse, a former employee was arrested again for stealing money from residents at the Connecticut nursing home she was employed at.

According to reports, 46-year-old Virginia Soules, a former worker at the Meridian Manor in Waterbury, was arrested last December for taking over $140,000 from a nursing home resident’s bank account. The money was used for her own personal expenses, such as paying veterinary bills for her dog and buying a water heater for friend.

Last Wednesday, however, Soules was arrested once again for coercing the daughter of a 96-year-old resident to pay her over $4,000 for the care of her mother. After was Soules was given the money, she kept a portion to herself and credited the rest to the nursing homes account. Per the police report, Soules instructed the daughter to pay her a monthly cash amount of $635 in order to cover the resident’s care. However, the nursing home was only allowed to receive between $273 to $285 per month for each resident. As a result, after putting the correct amount in the nursing home account, Soules kept the remainder for her own personal use.

It has only been a few months since her last arrest for first-degree larceny. She has now been charged with second-degree larceny. She appeared in court earlier this week to face charges. However, should the daughter of the victim retain a nursing home abuse attorney, Soules may also face civil charges as well.

Source: http://www.rep-am.com/news/local/doc50eebd6511174337349493.txt
http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/crime/pd-woman-overcharged-for-patient-care-kept-the-extra-cash#.UP2rHieClBA

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