A former accounts receivable clerk at a Waterbury nursing home was arrested today and charged with stealing from a trust account that held money belonging to the nursing home’s patients.
VIRGINIA A. SOULES, age 46, of 22 Summer Street, Waterbury, was charged with one count of Larceny in the First Degree, a class B felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Ms. Soules managed the patient funds trust account at Meridian Manor, a 94-bed skilled nursing facility on Meriden Road in Waterbury.
According to the warrant, a 2012 audit requested by Meridian Manor management revealed irregularities in the patient trust fund account. Subsequent investigation by Inspectors in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney disclosed that between August 2011 and August 2012, Ms. Soules wrote three dozen checks totaling $140,171.47 that were either cashed or deposited into her bank account.
Ms. Soules was released on a $100,000 non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in Waterbury Superior Court, G.A. No. 4, on December 20, 2012.
The charges against Ms. Soules are merely accusations, and she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The case will be prosecuted by the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office. The Unit is grateful for the assistance it received in this investigation from the Waterbury Police Department.