Lighthouse at Waconia Allegations of Exploitation and Drug Diversion
In a report dated January 30, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health cited Lighthouse at Waconia it was alleged that a staff member, alleged perpetrator (AP) took narcotics from two clients without permission.
Substantiated Complaint of Drug Diversion by Staff of Lighthouse at Waconia
Based on a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation is substantiated. The AP took medications belonging to two clients.
The AP was interviewed and state s/he took the medications to relieve back pain. S/he explained that s/he signed out “as needed” narcotic medications, one or two pills at time, as if a client had requested the medications for pain. When new medications arrived from the pharmacy, s/he took the remaining supply of the medication from the narcotic medications box and tore the sheet out of the narcotic tracking book in an effort to avoid detection. The AP admitted to taking narcotic medications from two clients, stating that s/he would take a few pills at a time and then a pack of 23 oxycodone pills. The AP was unsure of how many pills s/he took in total.
Allegation of Abuse by Exploitation at Lighthouse at Waconia
In a report dated January 30, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health MDH cited Lighthouse at Waconia after allegation that financial exploitation occurred when a staff person, alleged perpetrator (AP) admitted to police that s/he took an ATM card and used it to withdraw money in excess of $6000.00 without the client’s permission.
Substantiated Complaint of Exploitation by Staff at Lighthouse of Waconia
Based on a preponderance of evidence, financial exploitation is substantiated. The alleged perpetrator (AP) admitting to taking the client’s ATM card and withdrawing money without the client’s permission.
The AP state that on one occasion the AP was asked by the client to withdraw money from the client’s account and had given the AP the pin number of the ATM card. The AP then memorized the pin number. The AP state that s/he would take the ATM card out of the client’s purse when the client was not in his/her room during meal time. The AP would then leave the facility to withdraw money from the client’s account removed $300-$400 each time from the client’s account. The AP could not recall how many times s/he had used the client’s ATM card without permission but stated that it was a period of over two or three months. The unauthorized charges totaled $6,578.00
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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 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.