3 Times Nursing Home Staff Stole and Were Caught
It feels as though nursing home staff seem to be caught stealing from vulnerable and sick residents and their facilities more often. Brought on by the nation’s opioid epidemic, staff steal medication and patient drugs most often, but theft can also be in the form of residents’ possessions or finances, and when executives swindle millions from the company and spend it on personal items or other investments. Here is a special review of three times Illinois nursing home staff stole, they were caught, and justice was served.
- Drug Theft
A 31-year-old nurse from central Illinois plead guilty to resident burglary after stealing opioid patches from several terminally ill nursing home patients. Prosecutors say the man was working as a nurse at Bloomington Rehabilitation and Health Care Center but was actually not on duty when he entered a resident’s room and stole a pain patch. Just two days later he also removed the same type of medication from a terminally ill person at a care facility where he previously worked. Five other charges were dropped as part of the plea deal which will require him to surrender his nursing license and face a possible sentence of up to 15 years in prison.
- Personal Items Go Missing
A care worker at a senior living facility was arrested for burglary at Park Place, a senior assisted care facility located in Elmhurst, Il. Residents at the facility reported missing valuables over six weeks. Elmhurst police investigations led them to the alleged offender, a male worker at the location. The missing items included a variety of jewelry such as rings, necklaces, and bracelets, as well as cash. The man stole valuables from at least eight residents and later pawned them.
- For Profit Homes Steal for Personal Gains
Several investors came forward alleging a Skokie-based investment firm run by a rabbi, stole more than $20 million in a series of nursing home and retirement home funds around the Chicago suburbs. The suit alleges the investors are owed a total of more than $24 million counting interest due on their initial contributions. Investor-owned, for-profit health care businesses and the implications their partnerships bring too often impacts the quality nursing home facilities require to thrive.
Skilled Attorneys Can Speak Against Nursing Home Wrongdoers
Levin & Perconti has become one of the most widely-known and respected nursing home abuse and neglect law firms in Illinois, achieving multiple million dollar verdicts and settlements. Our experiences have helped us empathize with the families of nursing home theft abuse victims and help them move forward once trust has been broken.
If a loved one has been stolen from or financially exploited by the staff in their nursing home, they may be entitled to compensation. In Illinois, there is a time limit to file a case like this, so please contact us now for a free consultation with one of our skilled nursing home attorneys or call Levin & Perconti at (877) 374-1417.