Former admin sentenced for stealing $300,000 from resident

The former administrator of a Georgia nursing home was sentenced this week for stealing more than $300,000 in disability payments from a resident.

Denise M. Bailey was working as the administrator of Azalea Gardens in Conyers, GA, when she funneled money from the account of a resident who received veteran benefits into the nursing home's accounts, before moving the money to her personal accounts. The resident was a veteran of the Vietnam War. A portion of the funds went to pay Bailey's credit card bills, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Azalea Gardens is no longer in operation due to unrelated reasons, according to a report from the Rockdale Citizen.

During a Veterans Affairs investigation, Bailey submitted fraudulent bills to try and justify the money she transferred to the nursing home and her personal accounts, claiming the resident owed the facility for “extraordinary services.” Bailey did not notify the resident's family or the VA about the outstanding bills, authorities said.

Bailey was sentenced to one year in prison and two years on supervised release. A decision will be made at a later date as to the amount of restitution Bailey will have to pay the resident's family, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.