Woman charged with stealing money from nursing home residents
By 04/05/2007 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - A Grand Jury indictment was handed down in the case of a former nursing home office manager accused of stealing money from the center's residents.
Judy C. Putman of Blooming Grove was indicted on charges of Medicaid fraud on Friday, March 30 after it was discovered she had been diverting funds from more than 100 residents into a trust fund bank account.
Since February of 2002, Putman forged more than 140 checks on the account totaling more than $350,000, according to a press release from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office.
This would make her crime a first-degree felony, which could carry a sentence of no less than five years if she was found guilty.
Putman also controlled one resident's personal finances, on which she wrote multiple checks totaling more than $34,00, which would constitute a second-degree felony and was punishable by a sentence of 2-20 years in prison.
Abbott's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated the case, which will be prosecuted by Patrick Wilson, of the Ellis County District Attorney's office and Assistant Attorney General Rodney Boyles.
'Texans will not tolerate criminals who exploit senior citizens,' said Abbott.
'Our Medicaid Fraud Control Unit will continue cracking down on nursing homes and their employees who take advantage of their residents.
'The elderly must be treated with dignity and protected from harm.'