Nursing home worker’s case moving ahead

ELKINS – A Belington woman accused of financially exploiting an individual under her care at a local nursing home waived her right to a preliminary hearing in Randolph County Magistrate Court Thursday.

Mary Jane Brown, 57, is charged with one felony count of financial exploitation of an incapacitated adult and one felony count of bribery, false claims, conspiracy and criminal

penalties.

Brown is currently free on a $20,000 cash or surety bond. Her case will now move forward to Randolph County Circuit Court.

According to the criminal complaint, written by Philip L. Gardner, investigator for the Medicaid fraud control unit, “from Dec. 12, 2013, through April 16, 2014, Brown, in her capacity as a social worker at Nella’s Inc., the nursing home facility where the alleged victim resided, utilized checks from the alleged victim’s personal bank account for her personal gain.”

Officials said the checks were used to make purchases “at Danbury Mint, LL Bean, Mason Easy Pay, Belington Shop ‘n Save, Montgomery Wards and Wal-Mart’s located in Buckhannon, Clarksburg, Elkins and Weston, in the total amount of $2,444.53,” the complaint states.

Brown is accused of using the alleged victim’s bank account to deposit funds into a personal bank account and to obtain $2,900 in cash.

To facilitate this, “in addition to the alleged victim’s Davis Trust Company account, Brown opened a second bank account at Citizen’s Bank of West Virginia in the alleged victim’s name, with Brown as the administrator,” Gardner wrote.

Funds from the Davis Trust Co. account were deposited to the Citizen’s Bank of West Virginia account in the total amount of $5,433.53, the complaint states.

On Feb. 21, Brown “submitted a Medicaid application for the alleged victim to the Randolph County DHHR office, knowingly failing to list all assets, causing the application to be approved and payments by Medicaid in the amount of $4,395.93 that would not have been paid had all of the alleged victim’s assets been listed,” according to the criminal complaint.

In the application, Brown listed the alleged victim’s Citizen’s Bank of West Virginia account but failed to list the alleged victim’s Davis Trust Co. account.

By failing to list both accounts, it appeared that the alleged victim’s assets were under the $2,000 limit that is allowed to be eligible for Medicaid, Gardner wrote.