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Post date: January 14 2016

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Plea And Sentencing Of Monroe County Nurse For Falsifying Records

Christine Deisenroth Made False Entries On The Medical Record Of A Patient At A Local Nursing Home

Schneiderman: My Office Will Prosecute Anyone Who Fails To Meet Their Legal Obligation To Provide Care To Our Most Vulnerable Citizens

IRONDEQUOIT--Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the plea and sentencing of Christine Deisenroth yesterday, a registered nurse, for failing to give a nursing home patient anti blood-clotting medication on more than one occasion in July and August of 2015. She was originally charged with Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree and related charges in the Town of Irondequoit Justice Court, Monroe County.  

“New Yorkers deserve every assurance that their loved ones will be appropriately cared for in nursing facilities,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “My office will prosecute anyone who fails to meet their legal obligation to provide care to our most vulnerable citizens.”

Deisenroth is alleged to have failed give the medication Lovenox, an anti-coagulant, to a 70 year-old resident at the St. Ann’s Community Home, located at 1500 Portland Avenue, Rochester, on eight separate dates from July 22, 2015 to August 6, 2015.  However, she initialed the patient’s Medication Administration Record that she did in fact administer this medication, falsely indicating to other nursing and medical staff at St. Ann’s that the patient received this medication.  After nursing staff at the facility discovered the patient did not receive this medication, medical tests revealed that the patient had deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) in her lower extremities. 

Deisenroth, age 25, resides in the Town of Greece. She began working at the facility in April 2014. She pleaded guilty to Falsifying Business Records in the 2nd degree, an A misdemeanor

Deisenroth was sentenced to a conditional discharge that requires her to meet certain conditions, including nursing re-education.

The case was investigated by Special Investigator David Guidici, with assistance from Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) Upstate Deputy Chief Investigator William Falk.  The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Timothy McFarland of the MFCU’s Rochester Regional Office.  Catherine Wagner is Chief of Criminal Investigations-Upstate. The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is led by Acting Director Amy Held.  The Division of Criminal Justice is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan. 

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