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Nursing home caregivers arrested for neglect of disabled resident in Far Rockaway


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Three caregivers in Far Rockaway found themselves in handcuffs Wednesday after they allegedly dragged a disabled and bleeding nursing home resident and left him bleeding on the floor for over 20 minutes last October, authorities said.

On the evening of October 23, 2014, at Peninsula Nursing and Rehabilitation Center a 51-year-old resident, who suffered from multiple debilitating conditions including mental status, fell in front of nurse Esohe Agbonkpolor while in a hallway, according to court papers. After the resident was left lying on his back on the floor for 12 minutes, certified nurse aide Emmanuel Ufot allegedly grabbed the resident by the arm and dragged him into his room.

About 25 minutes later, the resident, wearing only a backless gown pulled over his waist, came out of his room crawling on the floor on his back, bleeding profusely from a wound on the back of his head and another serious wound on his jaw, according to authorities. For the next 20 minutes, Agbonkpolor and another nurse, Funmilola Taiwo, working a few feet away, allegedly ignored the resident on the floor and did not appropriately treat his wounds or try to stop the bleeding.

Instead, Ufot allegedly grabbed the resident by his hospital gown, which was at the time twisted around his neck, and dragged him along the floor and dropped him abruptly in front of his room, authorities said.

The entire incident was caught by hallway surveillance cameras and management at the center turned the video over to authorities.

All three were either terminated or resigned from Peninsula Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Taiwo, Agbonkpolor, and Ufot were arrested by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Unit on Wednesday.

“My office will not tolerate nurses who callously fail to treat or endanger injured patients under their care,” said New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman. “Caregivers must know that we will vigorously prosecute behavior that endangers our most vulnerable citizens. New Yorkers in nursing facilities deserve quality care and their loved ones deserve to know their caregivers act like the professionals they are.”

Taiwo, 34, of Far Rockaway; Agbonkpolor, 39, of Arverne; and Ufot, 36, of Far Rockaway were each charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, and willful violation of health laws.

Each were arraigned in New York City Criminal Court and their cases were adjourned for conference on July 30.

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Far Rockaway nursing home aide arrested in assault of 80-year-old bedridden woman


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A 59-year-old nurse aide was arrested on felony charges Thursday for assaulting an 80-year-old bedridden nursing home resident in Far Rockaway, according to officials.

According to court records, on or around Aug. 15, 2014, at the West Lawrence Care Center at 14-10 Seagirt Blvd., Marie Jeanty, a certified nurse aide, instructed the 80-year-old victim to move so that she could change the resident’s clothing and bed linens.

Jeanty allegedly then pushed and hit the resident multiple times in the arm and shoulder with a closed fist and forcibly pushed her into the side of the bed rail, causing the victim’s face to hit the rail. This resulted in the resident suffering from a black eye and significant bruising and swelling to her left arm, right temporal area and right orbital area, according to authorities. Her injuries were treated at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.

“When New Yorkers place those who mean the most to them in a nursing home, they should have confidence that their loved ones are not in danger of severe physical abuse,” Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said. “My office will bring criminal charges against nurses who violate the trust of the residents in their care and their family members.”

Jeanty, who no longer works at the nursing home, has been charged with assault in the second degree; endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person, or an incompetent or physically disabled person in the second degree; endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person; and willful violation of health laws.

If convicted, she faces up to seven years in state prison.

Jeanty pleaded not guilty during her arraignment Thursday in Queens Criminal Court and was released without bail.

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Far Rockaway nursing home director arrested for covering up disappearance of resident


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A former director at a Far Rockaway nursing home has been arrested for falsifying records to cover up the disappearance of a resident with dementia, announced Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

Juliet Clifford, 43, of Mount Vernon, NY, has been charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, falsifying business records and willful violation of the health laws.  If found guilty, she could face up to four years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, said Schneiderman, Clifford neglected to call 9-1-1- when 74-year-old resident Alan Frazer went missing from the Bishop Charles Waldo MacLean Episcopal Nursing Home on May 26.

She covered up his disappearance by telling investigators that he left “against medical advise” (AMA), and refused their requests to report him missing.

The day after his disappearance Clifford allegedly removed information from his medical records, ordered a staff member to state in Frazer’s records that he left AMA and told staff members not to call police, according to the attorney general.

Frazer was eventually reported missing by the nursing facility on May 30, but has still not been found.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Alan Frazer is asked to call 1-800-346-3543:

Missing From: Far Rockaway
New York Date Missing: 5/26/2013
DOB: 7/21/1938 |
Race: Black
Sex: Male
Eyes: Brown
Hair: Gray
Weight: 150 lbs.
Height: 5’8″
Other Information: Alan is a missing vulnerable adult with dementia and high blood pressure and may be in need of medical attention. He was last seen on Brookhaven Avenue and may have travelled to the Bronx. Alan was last seen wearing a blue jacket, blue jeans, sneakers and a white cap.
Investigating Agency: New York City Police Department

 

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Queens nurse arrested for giving unauthorized meds to patients


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A Hollis nurse has been arrested for playing doctor.

James Williams, 59, worked as a registered nurse at the Hillside Manor Adult Day Care Center, where he allegedly took it upon himself to diagnose and medicate his patients without the consult of a doctor, according to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

“Nurses at adult day care centers are trusted to protect their patients, not to expose them to potential harm,” said Schneiderman.

After making his own diagnosis for several day care participants, Williams would call in prescriptions to local pharmacies under the guise they were ordered by a doctor, when in fact they were not, according to the charges. As a nurse, Williams is not appropriately trained or licensed to make such calls.

A fellow nurse and program director at Hillside Manor informed the attorney general’s office of at least three participants that Williams was treating. Telephone prescription records show the Williams ordering medication over the course of a year under the names of various doctors.

Williams used doctors’ names including Dr. Satish Deshpande and Dr. Annupria Itteera, who both said they did not authorize the nurse to prescribe any of the medications he called for.

The prescriptions ordered include zolpidem (the generic of Ambien), a controlled substance, and oxycodone, a narcotic drug. Although there were no reports of any harm to his patients, there was a “substantial risk posed,” said the attorney general, and that no day care participant should have taken these substances without the proper authorization.

Williams was charged with unauthorized practice of a profession, falsifying business records, willful violation of health laws, criminal possession of a controlled substance and petit larceny, all for which he faces up to four years imprisonment.

Neither Hillside Manor nor Williams’ lawyer returned calls for comment as of press time.

 

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