From The Tribune staff reports
MONTGOMERY — The former business office manager for a pair of nursing home facilities who pleaded guilty stealing money from residents there has been sentenced.
She was sentenced on June 27, to 46 months imprisonment split to serve 12 months in the Shelby County Jail and 12 months supervised probation upon her release, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced this week.
Taylor paid $54,830 in restitution prior to Monday’s sentencing. The AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated the case after a referral from the Alabama Department of Public Health.
The investigation determined that Smith had stolen $52,000 from three residents of AHAVA Healthcare of Alabaster, while she was employed as the facility’s business office manager.
During that investigation, it was found that, after her employment at AHAVA was terminated, Smith obtained employment at Crowne Healthcare of Montgomery, where she stole $3,000 from a resident of that facility.
“Theft from residents of a nursing home is a reprehensible act and those who victimize them must be held to account under the law,” Marshall said. “My office, working with other state and local agencies, will remain vigilant to identify and prosecute criminals who prey upon the vulnerable.”