Edgewood Blaine Alleged Theft From Client
It was alleged in a report from MDH dated July 13, 2016 that a client was financially exploited when a staff, alleged perpetrator (AP) took the client’s money.
MDH Cites Edgewood Blaine After Theft of Client Funds
Based on a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took the client’s credit card and used it to make unauthorized purchases totaling $94.00.
The client received services from the home care provider for housekeeping, laundry, medication administration and safety checks three times daily.
Interview with family revealed that s/he noticed a credit card purchase on a Saturday for $94.00. S/he said the client only goes to the store on Mondays and only spends $20-$30 each time. The family member called police, police went to the store and obtained video surveillance footage.
Interview with the facility executive director revealed policed responded to the facility and showed her/him a surveillance photo from a retailer of a person who used the client’s credit card. The executive director identified the AP as the person in the photo and police arrested the AP at the facility. The executive director said s/he learned from the police confessed to taking the credit card during his/her shift on January 30, 2016. between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. from the client’s apartment on January 31, 2016 during her/his 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. shift from the client’s apartment, used the credit card at an area retailer that evening to 3:00 p.m. shift so that the client would have it to use on her/his normal shopping day which was Monday February 1, 2016.
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If you have concerns about financial exploitation, medication errors, improper use of medical equipment, falls or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.