The Des Moines Register had an article about an Iowa nursing home Administrator stealing money from resident’s care. This is happening at the same time the Iowa Governor is protecting the nursing home industry by cutting state inspectors. Incredible.
Administrator Gerald Bruening stole $34,769 between September 2005 and August 2008 from Marian Home care facility in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He used the money for personal expenses and then factored those purchases into the facility’s federal cost reports to justify increased Medicaid funding from the state and federal governments. He is now finally facing sanctions from the state licensing board. The Iowa Board of Nursing Home Administrators filed charges against him last month. The move is largely symbolic, as Bruening’s license expired in 2009.
Bruening was convicted of theft and fraudulent practices. He was sentenced last September to only two years of probation.