April 19, 2007
St. Louis, Mo. — A former administrator at a St. Louis nursing and rehabilitation center who pleaded guilty to taking more than $80,000 from the trust funds of residents of the center has been ordered to repay that money as part of her sentence.
On Wednesday (April 18), St. Louis City Circuit Judge Angela Turner-Quigless sentenced JoAnn T. Gaylor (DOB — 10/10/53) of St. Louis to five years probation and ordered her to pay $80,516.10 in monthly installments of $1,342.66. As conditions of her probation, she cannot handle any funds in an administrative capacity, she must maintain employment, and she must not gamble.
Gaylor was charged last May in an indictment returned by a St. Louis City grand jury at the request of Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon and St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce. Gaylor pleaded guilty to 18 counts of abuse of a person receiving health care, which each count charging that she abused a person or persons receiving health care through the Missouri Medicaid program by taking possession of at least $500 from their resident trust funds without their consent.
Gaylor also pleaded guilty to one charge of stealing by deceit. That charge alleged Gaylor appropriated at least $500 in resident trust funds from a trust fund held by her employer, Grand Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 3645 Cook Avenue, St. Louis. After the theft from the resident trust fund was discovered, the corporation that owns the nursing home replaced the stolen funds; the restitution will be paid to the corporation.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Attorney General's Office prosecuted the case against Gaylor. The unit, formed by Nixon in 1994, has concurrent jurisdiction in prosecuting and investigating cases where the victim is a Medicaid recipient.