A former officer manager at a Warr Acres nursing facility is facing two felony counts of embezzlement and three felony counts of obtaining money by false pretenses, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
An investigation found that Sandra Tovar was running a fraudulent billing scheme in which she would divert residents’ payments to her own bank account.
Investigators said Tovar embezzled nearly $20,000 over the course of her employment.
“Crimes against the elderly, who are among the most vulnerable, and their family members will not be tolerated by my office,” Attorney General Hunter said. “We hope these charges serve as a deterrent to others who abuse their power for personal financial gain. I appreciate the hard work and dedication of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in my office, who investigated the claims that led to the charges.”
According to court documents, Tovar was fired in 2015 for requiring family members who admitted residents to pay the first three months up front by a cashier check or with cash, which was not in the facility’s policy.
The AG’s office also says administrators found fake billing statements, which led to an audit.
In addition to the felony charges, Tovar faces one misdemeanor count of obtaining money by false pretenses.
If convicted Tovar could face up to 31 years in prison and/or fines of $26,000.