Saturday, February 6, 2010

Michigan Woman Charged In $170K Nursing Home Embezzlement Scheme

Michaeline Ann Meek, 47, of Westland, Michigan, has been charged with embezzling more than $170,000 from the Westland Convalescent Center where she had been employed in its business office handling accounts payable and other bookkeeping functions. According to prosecutors, Meek, who had been employed by the facility since the 1980s, instructed clients to pay in cash for which she would issue a receipt, then pocketed the cash. The scheme lasted at least a year and a half between March 2008 and August 2009 where she took as much as $20,000 in a single month. In addition to the felony charge of embezzlement of more than $100,000, Meek is expected to be charged with another count of embezzlement of under $100,000 to cover the period of thefts going back to 2005. It is unclear how much she embezzled prior to March 2008. The two counts carry a combined sentenced of 35 years in prison, plus fines and restitution, if convicted. One co-worker was quoted as saying about the case, “I worked 30 years with this person, so you can imagine the devastation. It’s so heart wrenching for myself and my co-workers. We were friends and did things socially as a group.”

Read the story here.

Update (5/16/10): Meek entered no contest pleas last week to felony charges that she embezzled what is now estimated to be $300,000 from Westland Convalescent Center where she had been employed as a bookkeeper.


Anonymous said...

wstland cc is a dump. The center treats its employees and residents like crap. The management (if you want to call it that) is to blame 100%. From the administrator, DON, etc. Family of the management has been seen in the business office. Whats odd about that? ....they dont even work there! criminals running the place. from an honest employee

Anonymous said...

Not to mention Idenity thief of multipul employees. Why were husbands allowed back by all the employees files?
Hopefully the new owners will not let this go on.
Employees and Drugs, taking care of residents,come on