SNF administrator accused of stealing $10,000 from facility

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The former administrator of a Pennsylvania nursing home is facing theft charges after he allegedly stole more than $10,000 from the facility, authorities say.

James H. Faust allegedly used a charitable bank account registered to the Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Chambersburg, PA, for personal purchases, ATM withdrawals and checks between September 2014 and May 2015. Faust's purchases amount to a total of $10,678, according to a press release issued Wednesday by the Pennsylvania State Police.

After Faust resigned from Falling Spring in May 2015, the facility received a letter saying the address to its one of its accounts had been changed from the facility's address to Faust's home address, according to a police affidavit obtained by the Herald-Mail. Faust also made an ATM withdrawal from the facility's account the day that he resigned.

The charitable account Faust withdrew funds from was not associated with resident or facility funds, and was a holdover from Falling Spring's previous owner, Beverly Fry, regional director of operations for Mid-Atlantic Healthcare, told McKnight's. Mid-Atlantic bought Falling Springs in 2013.

“Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation uncovered the potential theft. We are pleased that the police acted upon the evidence we provided to them,” Fry wrote in a statement released by Mid-Atlantic. “We have been and continue to be vigilant in the protection of our residents.”

Faust faces 23 counts of theft, and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Dec. 15.