Allegations of Financial Exploitation by Staff at the Plummer Home
It is alleged in a report from the MHD dated May 18, 2016, that at the Plummer Home several clients (Clients #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5 were financially exploited when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took their money.
Substantiated Complaint Against the Plummer Home
Based on a preponderance of evidence, financial exploitation occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) stole from five clients totaling $1015.13: Client #1 – $386 cash, Client #2 – $160 cash, Client #3 – $190, Client #4 – $30 cash and $129.86 in debit card charges, and client #5 – $119.27 cash.
Client #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5, all received services from the home care provider for money management in the form of petty cash storage according to the client’s service agreements and care plans. The comprehensive home care provider stored client cash in a safe with access available only to staff members.
The administrator noticed money missing from the clients but thought staff had failed to record several transactions over a period of time and initially did not do any further investigation. Approximately 22 days later staff members started to notice their money missing. The administrator came to the facility that evening, intentionally left her/his wallet out on the staff desk with $15 in it, and went to the basement to watch live surveillance video of the wallet. The administrator observed the AP take the $15 from her/his wallet and called police. Police responded to the facility, interviewed staff, reviewed video surveillance footage, and interviewed the AP. The AP admitted to taking the money from the staff and clients.
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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 at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.