The Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office reported late last month that it had reached an agreement with a Tewksbury, MA woman to plead guilty to stealing more than $16,000 from a 75 year-old nursing home resident.
Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley charged 62 year-old Laura Siano with larceny. The charge came after a November 2011 investigation revealed that Siano had misappropriated money from the resident’s bank account while working as the director of nursing at the Kirkwood House Nursing Home in Wakefield, MA. The AG’s Office had originally initiated the investigation after it received a complaint from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regarding embezzlement of the resident’s funds.
Siano had authority to manage the resident’s finances, and she made numerous unauthorized withdrawals from the resident’s account. Siano also used the resident’s debit card. She purchased items unrelated to the resident’s needs, such as a laptop, decorations, cat food and cat litter at stores like Walmart, Christmas Tree Shops and Jo-Ann Fabrics.
Judge Emily Karsetter of the Malden District Court issued a suspended sentence of one-year imprisonment to Siano. Siano will be on probation for three years, and any violation of that probation could trigger her one year prison sentence. Judge Karsetter also order Siano to pay $10,000 in compensation to the resident.
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