Full Circle Senior Living Theft From 25 Clients
In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health, dated January 3, 2017, it was alleged that a client Full Circle Senior Living in Duluth was financially exploited when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took the clients’ money.
Full Circle Senior Living Financial Exploitation of 25 Clients
Based on the report, Full Circle Senior Living was investigated an it was determined based on a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation occurred when 25 of 26 clients reviewed were financially exploited by the alleged perpetrator (AP) when s/he took the client’s money.
All the clients received comprehensive home care services from the provider.
Inteview with the nurse revealed the provider received complaints from all 26 clients of missing money, beginning in January 2016 and ending June 2016. The provider notified the police each time, along with the Office of Health Facility Complaints. The nurse indicated s/he worked with the police investigating each incident but s/he and the police were unable to determine who the AP was. The nurse said s/he and the police obtained permission from a client to install a hidden camera in the client’s room in June 2016, and planted $120.00 cash in a card in the client’s room, in view of the camera. The nurse said s/he observed the AP on camera take $120 from the card and place the money in his/her pocket. The nurse called the police. The facility eventually installed surveillance cameras throughout the facility but they were not fully operational until August 2016.
Document review of a police report revealed police responded to the facility after the nurse caught the AP on camera taking the planted money from the card in the client’s room. Police interviewed the AP, and the AP admitted to taking money from four clients, in addition to the planted money. The police issued a citation to the AP for misdemeanor theft.
The report continues that: document review, interviews with staff, interviews with clients, and communication with police revealed the client losses totaled $3018.00 between January and June 2016. Document review, interviews with staff, interviews with clients, and interviews with police revealed the AP worked at the facility during the loss time frame for 25 or 26 clients and was the primary suspect for each of the thefts that occurred between January and June 2016.
Full Circle Senior Living – Report Suspected Abuse and Neglect
For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.
If you have concerns about financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.