A nursing home business manager in Montana helped to alert authorities to a Miles City woman who was embezzling funds from a resident and since has been ordered to pay more than $94,000 in restitution to her victim’s estate, the Montana Department of Justice said.
Del Linda Frost, 60, pleaded guilty to exploitation of Arthur Yamada in Custer County. At a hearing in December, Judge Michael Hayworth ordered Frost to pay restitution and sentenced her to 10 years in Montana State Prison.
Frost was appointed temporary full conservator of Yamada in 2014 and later became his permanent co-conservator. In 2017, the business manager of the nursing home where Yamada lived informed Miles City police that an $8,400 check from Yamada written by Frost had bounced. Frost wrote several more checks, which emptied the account and left Yamada unable to pay for his care, according to a Montana Department of Justice media release. She also closed two certificates of deposit. Frost was unable to explain why nearly $94,000 was missing and resigned as Yamada’s co-conservator in 2018. Yamada died that year at age 97.
“This case was especially troublesome, given that the defendant worked in a law office and should have had the best interests of Mr. Yamada in mind when she was appointed as his conservator,” Attorney General Tim Fox said in the release. “Instead of acting conscientiously, Ms. Frost viewed Mr. Yamada as a tempting target and began embezzling his life savings almost immediately. Financial exploitation of seniors is a serious crime; one we must all guard against. I commend the nursing home business manager who alerted authorities when she suspected something was wrong, as well as my Division of Criminal Investigation’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Custer County Attorney’s Office for their diligent work on this case,” Fox added.