Former SNF employee sentenced to prison for stealing checks from facility

A former skilled nursing home employee will spend up to six months in prison after stealing more than $73,000 from a Pennsylvania-based care facility and its residents.

Patricia Greenwood was an business office employee at Julia Ribaudo Extended Care Center in Lake Ariel, PA, when she stole checks that were meant to be deposited in resident's accounts. Authorities said Greenwood additionally deposited checks written to the facility into a personal account.

She was sentenced Thursday to up to six months in prison and will also be required to complete 75 hours of community service upon her release.

The thefts, which began in July 2011, were uncovered in November 2014 during an internal audit by the center's current owners, Saber Healthcare Group LLC. Greenwood was fired shortly after the discovery was made, according to the Scranton Times-Tribune.

Greenwood was charged in January with theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and receiving stolen property. During the hearing, court officials confirmed she has repaid the stolen money.