The Norwich Bulletin had an article about Serena Sylvia, the business office manager at Haven Health Care who pleaded guilty to federal embezzlement and income tax return fraud charges related to the theft of trust fund money at local nursing homes. Sylvia embezzled funds from nursing home resident trust fund accounts at Haven Health Center of Jewett City, Haven Health Center of Norwich, Haven Health Center of Waterford and Haven Health Center of Soundview in West Haven.
Sylvia, the regional accounts receivable manager for Haven Health Care Management from 2005 to 2008, admitted taking more than $53,000 from the trust fund accounts and admitted that she did not pay income tax on the money she stole. She faces up to 10 years and a fine of up to $250,000 on the health care fraud count and three years and a fine of up to $100,000 on the false tax return count.
Sylvia’s arrest was part of a larger investigation into fraud at Haven Healthcare, a chain of nursing homes formerly based in Middletown. That investigation has resulted in convictions of Raymond Termini, the former CEO of Haven Healthcare; Fred Dalicandro, the former director of cash management of Haven Healthcare, and Kimberly Boccacio, the former administrator of Haven Health Center of Jewett City.