Former Health Care Worker Arrested for Stealing Patient’s Money
A former certified nursing assistant of a Meridian health care facility faces 10 years in prison for allegedly stealing money from a patient, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
LaBarbara Haralson, 33, of Meridian, turned herself in Friday on a one count felony indictment of exploitation of a vulnerable person and was booked into the Lauderdale County jail. The indictment states she illegally cashed a patient’s check worth more than $250 while working as a CNA at The Oaks Rehab and Healthcare Center.
If convicted, Haralson faces 10 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
This case was investigated by Trey Rogers and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorneys General Parker Wiseman and Mark Ward, each with the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.