- Office of Attorney General Maura Healey
Media Contact for Former Waltham Nursing Home Admissions Director Pleads Guilty, Sentenced for Embezzlement Scheme
BOSTON — A former admissions director at the Meadow Green Nursing Home in Waltham has pleaded guilty in connection with an embezzlement scheme to steal tens of thousands of dollars from an elderly resident, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today.
Last week, Christina Polcari, 54, of Belmont, pleaded guilty in Middlesex Superior Court to Larceny over $1,200 from a Person over 60 years old (1 count), Forgery (5 counts), and Embezzlement by Fiduciary (1 count).
Judge Paul Wilson sentenced Polcari to three years of probation, ordered her to pay $76,000 in restitution to the victim and a $5,000 fine. The court ordered the following conditions of probation: stay away from and no contact with the victim, witnesses, and the Meadow Green Nursing Home facility and staff; refrain from non-familial fiduciary duties and power of attorney duties; refrain from any licensed social work; refrain from employment in which direct compensation is derived from MassHealth or Medicaid; refrain from non-familial fiduciary work with disabled individuals or those over 60 years old.
From August 2018 until May 2019, Polcari engaged in a scheme in which she misappropriated over $230,000 of an elderly resident’s funds and spent the money on personal expenses such as repairs to her home, restaurants, cash withdrawals and vacations for herself and her family. Polcari used a forged signature for various promissory notes, letters, and checks in an effort to perpetuate the scheme and in an attempt to cover up the theft.
Polcari left her position at Meadow Green in May 2019, when nursing home officials became aware of her misappropriation. Prior to leaving, Polcari repaid a portion of this money to the victim. This matter was referred to the AG’s Office by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.
This matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General William Champlin, Senior Trial Counsel Elisha Willis, Investigations Supervisor Dean Bates, Senior Health Care Fraud Investigators Erica Schlain and Andrew Lutynski, and Investigators Mirlinda Sejdiu and John Cody, all of the AG’s Medicaid Fraud Division. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Springwell Incorporated, Waltham Police Department, the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office and DPH provided assistance in this case. Meadow Green Nursing Home fully cooperated with the AG’s Office throughout this case.
The Medicaid Fraud Division receives 75 percent of its funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under a grant award. The remaining 25 percent is funded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.