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Massena woman charged with stealing $18K while working at nursing home

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MASSENA - A former business office employee at the Highland Nursing Home has been charged with stealing over $18,000 from various accounts, including the residents’ spending trust fund, at the facility while she was employed there.

Investigators from the Office of the Attorney General’s Medical Fraud Control Unit charged Wendy Vice of 597 County Route 40, Massena, with felony counts of third-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery and first-degree falsifying business records.

She was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released on her own recognizance upon the recommendation of the attorney general’s office, who said they had been informed that she had already made restitution of $10,500.

Court documents indicate an audit conduct by the Medicare Fraud Control Unit revealed $18,208.76 had been stolen from the various accounts between Aug. 2, 2011 and Aug. 2, 2012, and Vice had entered false entries to hide the theft of the money,

Vice’s duties at the nursing home included managing a series of accounts including the sunshine account, the resident’s trust account, the petit cash fund and the operating account.

“This position gave the defendant full access to cash and checks as they came into the various accounts within the facility,” court documents noted.

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