Everyday Living Alleged Exploitation by Staff
In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health dated, November 23, 2016, it was alleged that a client at Everyday Living in South Saint Paul, was financially exploited when the alleged perpetrator (AP) stole the client’s gift and used it for her own personal use.
Everyday Living Substantiated Theft of Client Gift Cards
Based on a preponderance of evidence, financial exploitation occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) used the client’s gift care without permission.
The client received comprehensive home care services from the provider according to a service agreement and care plan.
The client was interviewed and said s/he noticed a gift card s/he recently received from a family member was missing. The client called the family member. The family member called the store where the gift card was issued, and learned the gift card had recently been used at the store. The client and a facility staff member went to the store to see if they could determine who had used the gift card. The client described the AP to an employee at the store, showed the employee a picture of the AP, and the employee identified the AP, as the person who used the client’s gift card. The client said s/he did not give or sell the gift card to the AP.
The family member was interviewed and said s/he recently gave the client a gift card to an area store. The client called and said the gift card was missing, so the family member called the store to see if the gift card had been spent. The family member learned from the store the gift card had been spent recently, and s/he called the client and told the client to get the police involved.
Interview with a staff member revealed the client recently received a gift card from a family member. The next day the client told him/her s/he was missing the gift card. The staff member said the client called the family member and learned the gift card had recently been spent at the store where the gift card was issued. The staff member and the client went to the store. The client described the AP to an employee at the store, showed the employee a picture of the AP, and employee identified the AP as the person who used the client’s gift card.
The police were contacted by the client. The police investigation was forwarded to the city attorney for formal charges against the AP.
The AP was interviewed, and admitted she used the client’s gift card at the store for his/her own personal use.
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