An Alabama bookkeeper who worked at a nursing home in Conecuh County has been convicted of stealing money from vulnerable residents at the home.
Mary K. Nowell from the town of Bon Secour south of Montgomery, Alabama pleaded guilty to theft and has been sentenced to a 14 month suspended sentence. The 49-year-old had worked at Evergreen Nursing Home and Rehabilitation for 5 years and embezzled more than $4,000 by manipulating electronic records at the home. She has been ordered to pay back $4,280 plus a $500 fine.
Stealing from the elderly is financial elder abuse and outright theft which is a punishable offense. Sadly because it is hard for elderly nursing home residents to look after themselves or their belongings they rely heavily on nursing home staff who, as in the above case, often take advantage.
If you believe that a loved one has been abused in any way while in a nursing home then it is important to contact the proper authorities to begin an investigation. Contact the Brown Wharton & Brothers Nursing Home Law Firm after that for legal advice about how to punish those who are responsible for the abuse your loved one has suffered.