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Post date: May 28 2015

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Arrest Of Nurse For Falsifying Patient Records To Cover Up Her Neglect

Jaime Jarvis Allegedly Wrongfully Administered Insulin To Residents

Schneiderman: Those Who Place Their Own Interests Above Those Of Their Patients Can Cause Serious Harm To People Who Are Dependent On Them

MALONE – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the arrest and arraignment of Jaime Jarvis, a Licensed Practical Nurse (L.P.N.), on charges that she falsely documented the medical records of several diabetic residents at Franklin County Nursing Home in order to cover up her neglect.

The felony complaint alleges that on December 11, 2014, Jarvis wrongfully administered insulin to four nursing home residents by failing to check their blood glucose levels prior to the administration of insulin.  Jarvis then documented a false blood glucose level in the residents’ medical records to make it appear as though she checked the resident’s levels prior to giving insulin when she did not.

“Medical professionals in a nursing home are entrusted with providing care to those unable to care for themselves.  Nurses who place their own interests above patients’ can cause serious harm to those dependent on them.” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “My office will continue to prosecute medical professionals who try to cover up their own neglect.”

The investigation revealed that there were no blood glucose readings stored in the glucometer device used by L.P.N. Jarvis on December 11, 2014 for the four diabetic residents that received insulin.  The glucometer device is used as a prerequisite to the administration of insulin to check the blood sugar levels of a person.  For two of the residents, the blood glucose level, when obtained properly, affects the amount of insulin administered as prescribed by a physician.

Jarvis, 31, of Malone, was arraigned before Honorable Charles Gardner in Malone Justice Court on four counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E Felony, and four counts of Wilful Violation of Health Laws, an unclassified Misdemeanor.  The defendant was released on her own recognizance.

The charges against the defendant are accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The investigation was led by Investigator Danette Benson of Albany’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with the assistance of Supervising Investigator Dianne Tuffey and Medical Analyst Stephanie Keyser.  Special Assistant Attorney General Erin Lynch of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Albany Regional Office is prosecuting the case with Regional MFCU Director Kathleen Boland.  Catherine Wagner is MFCU's Upstate Chief of Criminal Investigations.  Amy Held is the Acting Director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and Kelly Donovan is the Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice.