Two nursing home employees were charged and convicted of conspiracy and exploitation of a vulnerable adult. Lee Martin was the Business Office Coordinator for Vicksburg Convalescent Center and Shady Lawn Health and Rehab where she stole more than $100,000 from 83 residents at both facilities.
She wrote checks from the residents account, then used the money for her own purchases. She was able to get away with the crime for so long because she turned in her receipts as theirs. Angela Palmer noticed Martin was stealing from a relative who was in Vicksburg Convalescent Center. Instead of reporting the theft, Palmer joined Martin in the theft. Martin was sentenced to fifteen years in prison and $5,000 in assorted fines and court costs. She will have to pay back all of the money she stole as restitution. Palmer was sentenced to five years probation and $8,700 in assorted fines, restitution, and court costs. See full story at Clarion Ledger.