Nurse Arrested For Abusing Infirm Patient At Staten Island Nursing Home

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a registered nurse at the Eger Nursing Home on Staten Island has been arrested for physically abusing an elderly male patient last April by placing tape over his mouth. The patient suffers from dementia.

Vincent Paone, 43, of 110 Snug Harbor Road on Staten Island, will be arraigned later today in Richmond County Criminal Court. He has been charged with Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent Person and Wilful Violation of Health Laws. If convicted, he faces up to one year in jail.

Spitzer said, "The defendant was entrusted with the care of one of our most vulnerable citizens, and he showed little concern for the patient's well-being. It is obvious, based on his actions, that he should never again work with patients in a health care setting."

The Attorney General thanked the State Health Department for referring the case to his office.

Paone worked at the Eger Nursing Home, located at 140 Meisner Avenue on Staten Island, from 1997 until his termination on May 10, 2000.

Special Assistant Attorney General Eleanor J. Clark, of the Attorney General's New York City Regional Office of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, is prosecuting the case. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.

The charges against Paone are accusations, and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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