SNF Medicaid coordinator arrested for stealing $13,000 from residents
The former Medicaid coordinator of a Florida skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility was arrested Wednesday after she allegedly stole more than $13,000 from three residents.
Haymee Hernandez, 49, reportedly told two residents of the Claridge House in North Miami, FL, that she had to take their ATM card because they “had too much money” to qualify for Medicaid.
Hernandez allegedly told the residents she would take the money she withdrew and keep it at a vault in the facility, but she instead used it to shop at Macy's and buy baked goods, according to local reports.
Hernandez also reportedly had one resident open a new bank account, saying that his electronic pension transfers couldn't be processed because his account was in British pounds and not dollars.
Hernandez was fired from Claridge House. She told the facility's administration and local authorities that she used the residents' money due to “having financial problems as a result of her divorce,” according to a report from state investigators.
A call to the administrator of Claridge House was not returned by press time Thursday.
Hernandez was charged with three counts each of grand theft and exploitation of the elderly. If convicted, she faces up to 30 years in prison.