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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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