A.G. Schneiderman Announces Guilty Plea Of Former Nursing Home Nurse For Neglecting Elderly Resident
LPN David Klaproth Admitted Withholding Medication From Blind 73-Year-Old Resident Suffering From Alzheimer’s
Schneiderman: Medical Professionals Must Be Held Accountable For Wrongdoing
POUGHKEEPSIE -- Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today that David Klaproth, a licensed practical nurse formerly employed by the Wingate at Dutchess nursing home in Fishkill, N.Y., pleaded guilty to neglecting a blind 73-year-old resident of the home. Appearing before Fishkill Town Court Justice Robert Rahemba, Klaproth, 47, admitted to a misdemeanor charge, Wilful Violation of the Health Laws, after acknowledging that he failed to administer a prescribed medication to the elderly resident, who also suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
“Those who neglect the health and welfare of our most vulnerable citizens will be held accountable,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “Patients and their families have the right to expect that they and their loved ones will receive the best possible care while at a nursing facility in New York. My office will continue to prosecute those who neglect their patients.”
As part of the plea agreement, Klaproth, of Poughkeepsie, surrendered his nursing license and was sentenced to 100 hours of community service and a $1000 fine.
As a licensed practical nurse at the home, Klaproth’s responsibilities included the routine administration of medications to his patients. On February 12, 2013, he was assigned to care for the resident, who had a gastronomy tube. A gastronomy tube, or gastric feeding tube, is used to bypass the mouth and throat in residents with difficulty swallowing because of illness or advanced dementia. Such residents receive their medications directly through the tube. Klaproth admitted he failed to administer a hypertension medication, as well as a protein supplement and a multivitamin, to the resident, although he knew they had been ordered by the resident’s doctor.
The case was investigated by Special Investigator Peter Olsen, Senior Special Investigator Dennis Johnston and Supervising Investigator Peter Markiewicz.
The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Susan Bloom of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Pearl River Regional Office. Anne Jardine is the Regional Director of the Pearl River Regional Office. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is led by Acting MFCU Director Amy Held. Thomas O’Hanlon is Chief of Criminal Investigations-Downstate. The Division of Criminal Justice is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan.