Connecticut’s The Day reported the guilty plea of Serena Sylvia for embezzling more than $53,000 while working as an accounts manager for the now defunct Haven Healthcare nursing homes. She was only sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release after pleading guilty to one count of health care fraud and one count of filing a false federal income tax return.
Sylvia was employed as a regional accounts receivable manager for Haven Health Care Management LLC, which ran several nursing homes in Connecticut. Sylvia embezzled more than $53,000 from nursing home resident trust accounts between 2005 and 2008 and failed to pay taxes on the money she stole. She embezzled from residents of Haven nursing homes in Jewett City, Norwich, Waterford and West Haven.
U.S. Attorney David B. Fein encouraged individuals who suspect health care fraud to report it by calling the Health Care Fraud Task Force at (203) 785-9270 or 1-800-HHS-TIPS.