Former Director of Nursing Charged with Stealing More Than $16,000 From a Resident
Defendant Allegedly Made Debit Card Purchases Unrelated to Resident’s Needs
MALDEN – A former director of nursing from Tewksbury has been charged in connection with allegedly stealing more than $16,000 from a 75-year-old resident, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.
A criminal complaint was issued Wednesday in Malden District Court against Laura Siano, 62, the former director of nursing at Kirkwood House Nursing Home in Wakefield, who has been charged with one count of Larceny Over $250. Siano will be arraigned on July 23.
In November 2011, the AG’s Office began an investigation after the state’s Department of Public Health referred an allegation of embezzlement of resident funds. The investigation revealed that more than $16,000 had been misappropriated from the resident’s bank account. Authorities allege that Siano was entrusted to manage the resident’s financial account at the now-closed nursing facility.
For over a year, Siano allegedly made repeated unauthorized cash withdrawals from the resident’s checking account, typically in amounts of $300-$400. The investigation revealed Siano also used the resident’s debit card to make purchases at stores including Wal-Mart, Christmas Tree Shops, and Jo-Ann Fabrics for items unrelated to the residents’ personal needs such as a laptop, decorative items, cat food and cat litter. Authorities say no receipts or documentation could be provided to confirm whether any of the withdrawals or debit transactions were made on the resident’s behalf.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Casey Groff, and was investigated by Investigators Arianna Sassone and Denise Long, from Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Medicaid Fraud Division. Massachusetts State Police also assisted in the investigation.