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Post date: June 21 2016

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Arrest Of Nurse Charged In Connection With Injury To A 91 Year-Old Nursing Home Resident

LPN Thani Harripersaud Allegedly Showered Patient That Resulted In Fractured Leg And Significant Bruising

Schneiderman: We Will Fully Prosecute Caregivers Who Jeopardize Patient Wellbeing And Lie To Protect Themselves

SARATOGA SPRINGS– Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the arrest and arraignment of Thani Harripersaud, a Licensed Practical Nurse (L.P.N.), on charges that he endangered the welfare of a nursing home resident at Saratoga Center for Rehabilitation and Skilling Nursing Care by showering a 91 year-old woman despite her refusal. The resident allegedly fell onto the shower floor under the nurse’s care and he failed to report the fall to a supervisor to ensure that the resident was properly assessed for injury. It was later discovered that the resident sustained a fracture to her leg and significant bruising to her chest and bottom.

“Healthcare workers have a basic duty to care for their patients and keep them safe,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “My office will fully prosecute caregivers who injure patients or jeopardize their wellbeing and cover up their neglect out of self-interest.”

On the evening of January 12, 2016, Harripersaud allegedly provided shower care to a nursing home resident suffering from dementia even after the resident expressed her desire not to take a shower. While under Harripersaud’s care, the resident fell onto the shower floor and injured herself.  The investigation revealed that instead of reporting the fall to a supervisor to assess the resident for injuries, Harripersaud allegedly lifted the resident up off of the shower floor and brought her back to her room.  The following morning the resident complained of severe pain and did not want to be touched by other caregivers.  One caregiver, a Certified Nurse Assistant, spoke with the resident about her shower the previous evening and, based upon her conversation, observed bruises on the resident’s ribs and bottom. The resident was sent to the hospital where it was discovered she also had a fractured leg.

Harripersaud, 48, of Schenectady, was arraigned on charges of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the First Degree, a class E felony, and Wilful Violation of Health Laws, a misdemeanor, before Honorable Michael Morressey in Ballston Spa Village Court. The defendant was released on his own recognizance.

The Attorney General’s office thanks the Ballston Spa Police for their assistance.

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

The investigation was conducted by Investigator J.R. Benshoff of Albany’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with the assistance of Medical Analyst Stephanie Keyser, and Supervising Investigator Dianne Hart and Upstate Deputy Chief Investigator William Falk. This case was handled by Special Assistant Attorney General Erin Lynch and Paul Clyne of the Albany Regional Office Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Office of the Attorney General with the assistance of Regional Director Kathleen Boland. Catherine Wagner is MFCU's Upstate Chief of Criminal Investigations. The New York Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is led by Director Amy Held and Assistant Deputy Attorney General Paul Mahoney.  The Criminal Justice Division is led by Kelly Donovan.

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