February 3, 2012
Jefferson City, Mo.— Attorney General Chris Koster announced today that a former bookkeeper for a long-term care facility in Cuba, Missouri, who stole funds from nursing home residents has been sentenced to concurrent seven-year terms in the Missouri Department of Corrections. The former bookkeeper, Tammy F. Conaway, pleaded guilty February 1 to one count of abuse of a Medicaid recipient; one count of forgery; and one count of stealing by deceit.
Following the sentencing, Conaway was placed in the shock incarceration program where she will serve 120 days before being considered for probation. Conaway was taken immediately into custody to begin serving her 120 days.
Crawford County Circuit Judge Sanborn Ball will review Crawford’s case on May 1, pursuant to section 559.115, RSMo., to determine if she should be released on probation and pay restitution or serve out the remainder of her seven-year sentence.
In addition to stealing funds from nursing home residents at Cuba Manor, Inc., Conaway also forged signatures of facility residents and guardians in an effort to conceal her thefts.
“Stealing from nursing home residents will not be tolerated,” Koster said. “Families trust people in the nursing home to take care of family members and not steal their money. We will continue to search for, investigate and prosecute people who steal from and abuse nursing home residents.”
Koster’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit led the investigation after the administrator of Cuba Manor, Inc., called the Medicaid Fraud Hotline to report the suspected theft. Koster said citizens should report suspected Medicaid provider fraud or abuse and neglect to his Medicaid Fraud Hotline toll free at 800-286-3932, e-mail the complaint to firstname.lastname@example.org or complete a complaint form at the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud website.