Former Nursing Home Employee Pleads to Embezzlement, Exploitation
A former office manager of a Meridian nursing home must pay back the facility over $5,000 after pleading guilty to stealing money from 91 residents, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Christy Moulds, 40, entered an open plea Thursday in Lauderdale County Circuit Court to two felony charges of embezzlement and exploitation of a vulnerable person. Judge Charles Wright sentenced her to pay full restitution to Poplar Springs Nursing Home in the amount of $5,423.50. Moulds falsified Trust Fund Cash Request Forms and took the money from the facility’s Resident Trust Account over four months, resulting in 91 patients having funds stolen.
Moulds was also sentenced to pay Lauderdale County a $5,000 fine. Judge Wright suspended a two year prison sentence and ordered five years of probation, pending Moulds maintaining continuous employment to pay the fine and restitution.
“Caring for our state’s most vulnerable people is a role that should be reserved for the most trustworthy of employees,” said General Hood. “Families with a loved one in a care facility in Mississippi should know that this office is committed to holding those employees accountable, no matter their role.”
This case was investigated by Trey Rogers of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Katie Moulds, who is not related to the defendant.