Former Business Manager Pleads Guilty to Stealing Almost $15,000 in Patient Funds From Nursing Facility
Sentenced to Four Years of Probation and Ordered to Pay Full Restitution to Victims
WORCESTER – A former business manager of a Worcester long term care nursing facility pled guilty this week to stealing almost $15,000 in patient funds, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
Helen Maynard, age 42, of Whitinsville, pled guilty to one count of larceny over $250 by false pretenses in Worcester District Court. Judge Margaret Guzman sentenced Maynard to serve four years probation and ordered her to pay restitution in the amount of $14,742. She was also ordered to undergo counseling and to stay away from any employment related to the handling of money.
“This nursing facility and others like it provide a vital service to seniors in need and we’re very happy to have secured restitution for the patients who had their money stolen,” AG Coakley said. “Our office will continue to work to protect seniors and prosecute those who take advantage of individuals who entrust their care to others.”
The AG’s Office began an investigation after the matter was referred by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Maynard worked as a business manager for West Side House of Worcester, a 91 bed geriatric skilled nursing facility specializing in patients who have an extensive history of psychiatric and behavioral difficulties, from September 2008 to January 2010 when she resigned.
Following the defendant’s resignation, West Side House employees discovered that the Patient Needs Allowance (PNA) account could not be reconciled for a one year period from January 2009 to December 2009. The account held money entrusted to the facility by patients. As business manager, Maynard was responsible for handling the PNA account and records. Over the course of one year, the defendant stole patient funds by failing to record checks that were cashed and by changing check amounts in the West Side House internal financial records.
Maynard was arraigned in the Worcester District Court on October 7, 2011 and entered a plea of not guilty. She was released on personal recognizance at that time. This week, Maynard changed her plea from not guilty to guilty and was ordered to serve probation and pay full restitution.
Assistant Attorney General Evelyn Y. Tang of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Medicaid Fraud Division prosecuted this case, which was investigated by Investigators Donna Mitchell and Denise Long, also of the Medicaid Fraud Division. The Victim Witness Advocate was Alli Bibaud of the Worcester District Attorney’s Office.