MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT)– A DeKalb County nursing home employee is convicted of stealing more than $5,000 from the facility’s resident trust fund.
Kimberly Yvette Nance, 41, of Rainsville entered a guilty plea Tuesday, Attorney General Luther Strange announced.
Nance pled guilty to one count of first-degree theft of property before DeKalb County Circuit Judge Randall Cole. She admitted that she took $5,634.77 from the Crowne Healthcare of Fort Payne resident trust fund while she worked there, using falsified deposit tickets.
It happened between 2010 and 2012, and was discovered when the facility’s management asked the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to look into a discrepancy with the fund.
“This defendant exploited those who are among Alabama’s most vulnerable people,” said the Attorney General in a news release. “Her conviction should serve as a deterrent to those who seek to prey upon the elderly.”
Judge Cole sentenced Nance to two years in jail, but that was suspended in favor of two years supervised probation. She must also pay restitution of $5,634.77 and can not work in any facility that receives federal healthcare funds.