A.G. Schneiderman Announces Broome County Nurse Arrested For Endangering Nursing Home Resident And Falsifying Records
Defendant Failed To Report Elderly Patient’s Injuries, Made False Statements
UNION - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the arraignment of Tanya Johnson, 34, a Licensed Practical Nurse, for failing to follow nursing home policy after a resident fell and injured himself, then lying to the facility about what happened. She was charged with Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the Second Degree, and Willful Violation of Health Laws, in the Town of Union Justice Court, Broome County.
“Our office will prosecute anyone who fails to meet their legal obligation to provide care to our seniors,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “New Yorkers deserve every assurance that their loved ones will be appropriately cared for in nursing facilities.”
These charges arose from an October 18, 2013, incident when a resident at the Good Shepherd Village at Endwell nursing facility, located in Endwell, NY, fell during the process of being bathed by Johnson. The resident suffered abrasions to his coccyx area and lower back. Johnson failed to follow nursing home policy when she neglected to have the resident assessed by a registered nurse before he was moved. Johnson then supplied the facility with a handwritten statement saying that the resident “did not fall or hit himself at any time in the bathroom this morning.”
When questioned by an investigator from the Attorney General’s Office, Johnson admitted that both she and the resident fell; she got the resident up and saw four abrasions on his buttocks area; and that she did not tell anyone about the fall or that the injuries were caused by the fall.
Johnson resides in Greene, New York. She began working at the facility in July 2013.
The charges include a Class E felony, which is punishable by up to four years in prison and up to five years of probation. The charges against Johnson are accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The case was investigated by Senior Special Investigator Patrick M. Lynch, with assistance from Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) Upstate Deputy Chief Investigator William Falk. The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Regional Director Ralph D. Tortora III of the MFCU’s Syracuse Regional Office. Catherine Wagner is Chief of Criminal Investigations-Upstate. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is led by Acting Director Amy Held. The Division of Criminal Justice is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan.