Nursing home DON charged with falsifying records to cover up resident fall

A former long-term care director of nursing was indicted Friday on charges of falsifying records.

Riadel Manzano, 44, was accused of knowingly falsifying resident records in 2012 while working as the director of nursing services for Woodmere Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Woodmere, NY. She was indicted on charges of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, along with tampering with physical evidence.

Authorities allege Manzano changed records because she knew a resident had not been monitored by staff every thirty minutes, as ordered by a physician. The resident fell several times as a result of the staff's lack of monitoring, according to New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.

Manzano changed the records to indicate the resident had received monitoring, authorities said, and those records became part of an official investigation by the New York State Department of Health. Manzano no longer works at Woodmere, according to the attorney general's office.

Manzano's case has been adjourned for conference until May 13. Three other defendants have already entered guilty pleas related to the case.