Woman charged with defrauding nursing home residents, patients

Published 12:42 am Saturday, February 11, 2012

A Warren County woman was jailed Friday on a complaint from the Mississippi Attorney General’s office that charged her with multiple counts of exploitation of a vulnerable person, records showed.

Lee Ray Martin, 37, 1301 Mosley Gap Road, was being held in the Warren County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Martin, a former nursing home worker, is accused of obtaining at least $101,000 from 83 residents or patients of Shady Lawn Nursing Home, 60 Shady Lawn Place, and Vicksburg Convalescent Home, 1608 Cherry St, according to a statement released by Attorney General Jim Hood.

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“We appreciate the cooperation of the staffs of both Shady Lawn Nursing Home and Vicksburg Convalescent Center in this very extensive investigation,” Hood said.

Hood said the crimes occurred when Martin worked as the business office coordinator for both facilities. She is accused of writing checks from the resident trust fund or petty cash account, cashing the checks and keeping the money.

Investigators with Hood’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit booked Martin into the Warren County Jail around 1 p.m.