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Employee charged with defrauding elderly at Illinois nursing homes

The guardian of a resident at Elgin-Bowes Nursing Home in Elgin, IL has filed a lawsuit against the home and former employees alleging negligence and breach of duty.

The employee, who is currently serving 2 years in a Kane County correctional facility for financial exploitation of the elderly, is named in the suit along with the home and various financial institutions. Allegedly, the employee was “assisting” the nursing home resident with her finances, he wrote numerous checks to himself and forged her name. He is accused of stealing $214,548 over a two-year period from the woman.

The nursing home did not have any safeguards to prevent fraud or financial exploitation, did not tell the woman’s family she was receiving help with her finances, and allowed the employee to help the woman with her finances even though he was charged with theft at his previous job.

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