Last Wednesday, a 49-year-old former Medicaid coordinator of a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in North Miami was arrested for the alleged theft of more than $13,000 from three residents of the facility.
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The former employee of Claridge House is said to have told two residents that they would not qualify for Medicaid benefits because there was too much money in their bank accounts. The woman allegedly said she needed to take the residents’ ATM cards and withdraw the excess funds, which would be kept safe in the facility’s vault.
She tricked the residents into withdrawing cash, giving her personal identification numbers, and providing her their bank cards and cash under the guise they would be kept safe in the facility’s vault.
She conned another resident, a blind man, into opening a new bank account by claiming his current account could not process his pension transfer because it was in British pounds rather than American dollars. The woman took his debit card, checks and other documents, which allowed her to use the account various times.
The woman used the residents’ money to make purchases at Macy’s and elsewhere as far back as December 2014. She told her former employer as well as local authorities that she needed the money due to her financial problems resulting from a divorce.
The woman is charged with three counts each of exploitation of the elderly and grand theft. She faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison upon conviction.