Whitney Lyn McFarland (Source: Anderson County Sheriff's Department)
Robin Lee Slaughter (Source: Anderson County Sheriff's Department)
FRANKSTON, TX (KLTV) -
Two nursing home employees at Frankston Healthcare Center were arrested on Tuesday, accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from clients to go shopping.
The two offenders are 42-year-old Robin Slaughter and 26-year-old Whitney McFarland.
Slaughter was a nurse at the center and McFarland was a manager.
"At this point we're aware of approximately $2,200 dollars in misapplication of money from the trust fund," said Richard Goodman, the Frankston Police Chief.
Police say the two spent thousands of dollars from that fund at a Tyler Dillards.
The fund was supposed to be used to purchase necessities for elderly clients who could not do for themselves.
Instead, police say that money went to personal extravagances.
"Things they purchased were six and seven hundred dollar purses and designer jeans and clothing for themselves," said Chief Goodman.
Dillards reported the suspicious items bought by Frankston Healthcare Center.
"Frankston Healthcare Center then brought both of the offenders to our agency. At that point in time, they were read their Miranda rights and each of them gave a confession to the offense," said Chief Goodman.
The chief says it was a horrible act.
"They're in there because they can't make it on their own. They put their hope and their trust and their faith in the people that run that business and those are the very people that took advantage of them," said Chief Goodman.
And the investigation is a long way from being over. The nursing home is required to contact the state, which will send their own team to investigate further.
Tuesday, Whitney McFarland is out of jail on $50,000 dollars bond.
Both women are expected to be charged with misapplication of fiduciary property and exploitation of the elderly. Each could face up to ten years in prison and a $10,000 dollar fine.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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