Yolanda Monsalvo. a nurse aide was found guilty of falsifying business records at Medford Multicare Center for Living nursing home to cover up patient neglect, prosecutors said, joining other co-workers also convicted of various crimes.
Monsalvo left her dementia patients with no supervision — and one of them broke an arm and suffered head injuries from a fall, officials said. She was convicted partly due to video surveillance footage, which showed she left the building where she was supposed to be monitoring her patients, including the one who then fell.
“Nursing home caregivers are entrusted to provide the highest level of safety and care to our most vulnerable residents,” he said. “There are serious consequences for abandoning nursing home residents and then trying to cover up neglect.”
Last June, the firm and its owners paid $28 million to settle a lawsuit charging them with looting the nursing home, committing fraud and breaking the law in running a business, according to Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.
The corporation paid a $10,000 fine after pleading guilty to attempted falsifying business records, part of a coverup in the death of a 72-year-old patient, he said.
Monsalvo, now facing a maximum sentence of 4 years, was indicted in April 2016 for “lying in an investigation report” about another patient’s fall from a wheelchair, Schneiderman said in a statement on Friday.