Outreach Rice Creek Cited by MDH After Staff Member Steals from Client
In a report concluded on November 25, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Outreach Rice Creek it is alleged that a client was financially exploited when an employee, the Alleged Perpetrator (AP), used the client’s finances over a 12-15 month period for his/her own personal use, totaling $769.31.
Outreach Rice Creek MDH Findings
Based on a preponderance of evidence, financial exploitation did occur when the AP stole money from the client multiple times over a period of 12-15 months, totaling $769.31. The client had severe intellectual impairment and is reliant on staff for all needs, including management of personal funds.
The AP was responsible for managing the client’s funds, which included making withdrawals from the client’s bank account and depositing the money withdrawn into the client’s petty fund at the facility. The AP was the only facility employee who had access to the client’s ATM card for purposes of withdrawing money from the client’s bank account so the client had petty cash available at the facility for the client’s personal needs, such as shopping trips, eating out, and community activities. The client’s petty cash is in a locked in a locked area at the facility. The AP was the only facility employee was possessed a key to the client’s petty cash funds. In February 2015, leadership staff discovered discrepancies between the financial transactions on the client’s bank account statements and the amounts on the petty cash ledger regarding, deposits, withdrawals, and expenditures of the client’s money. The AP had been withdrawing money from the client’s bank account multiple times over 12-15 month period and not depositing the money into the client’s petty cash funds.
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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.