Thursday, March 10, 2011

Sentencing announced for record fraud in neglect case

A former employee of the Williamsville Suburban Nursing Home in Amherst, NY was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to falsifying records to conceal the neglect of a patient.

Deborah Groth, 61, was sentenced by New York State Supreme Court Judge Penny Wolfgang to a three-year conditional discharge and 50 hours of community service. Groth, a former licensed practical nurse (LPN), entered a guilty plea in December to three counts of falsifying business records in the first degree, a class E felony.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, which announced the sentencing, said that Groth falsified a resident's records to demonstrate that she had administered an injection of insulin, taken and recorded the resident's vital signs and applied skin treatment when footage from a hidden surveillance camera revealed that she did not perform the procedures.

Groth has surrendered her LPN license and is required to provide the state with a DNA sample, pay a mandatory surcharge of $300 and a $25 victim impact fee

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