A.G. Schneiderman Announces Nurse Arrest For Failing To Give Critical Medications To Nursing Home Residents

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October 26, 2017

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES NURSE ARREST FOR FAILING TO GIVE CRITICAL MEDICATIONS TO NURSING HOME RESIDENTS

Brewster Nurse Failed To Administer Prescribed Medications To Three Disabled Residents And Falsely Recorded That They Were Administered

PUTNAM COUNTY – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the arrest of Stacy E. McAdams, 47, a licensed practical nurse formerly employed by Putnam Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in the Town of Brewster for allegedly failing to administer prescribed medications to three residents. It is alleged that McAdams failed to administer anti-seizure medication to a resident with a history of seizures, anticoagulant medication to a resident at risk for blood clots, and blood pressure and heart medication to a resident with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. McAdams made entries into each of the residents’ medical records, falsely indicating that she administered the medication.

“Nurses have a fundamental duty to properly administer essential medications to residents in their care and to truthfully record the circumstances,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Neglecting care for our most vulnerable citizens will not be tolerated by my office.”

A felony complaint filed in the Town of Southeast Justice Court by the Attorney General’s Office charges McAdams, of Pawling, with three counts of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the First Degree, a class E Felony; three counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E Felony; and three counts of Wilful Violation of Health Laws, a Misdemeanor. The complaint alleges that between June 10, 2017 and June 14, 2017, McAdams failed to administer medications to three residents assigned to her care. 

McAdams, who pleaded not guilty, was arraigned today before Southeast Town Justice Gregory L. Folchetti and was released on her own recognizance.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The case was investigated by Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) Sr. Investigator Frank Bluszcz under the supervision of Supervising Investigator Peter Markiewicz and Deputy Chief Investigator Kenneth Morgan.

The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Catherine Slattery of the MFCU Pearl River Regional Office with the assistance of Regional Director Anne Jardine. Thomas O’Hanlon is the Chief of Criminal Investigations-Downstate. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is led by Director Amy Held and Assistant Deputy Attorney General Paul Mahoney.

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