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Post date: April 5 2016

A.G. Schneiderman Announces Arraignment Of Nurse Aide On Charges Of Striking And Shoving A Nursing Home Resident

Resident Allegedly Received Injuries After Being Pushed By Nursing Home Aide

SYRACUSE—Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the arraignment of Samantha Grover, 36, a Certified Nurse Aide on charges of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the First Degree, and Wilful Violation of Health Laws. Grover was arraigned in Syracuse City Court before the Honorable Judge Kate Rosenthal.

“Nursing home aides are charged with taking care of some of our most vulnerable citizens, and must treat them with the care and respect they deserve,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “We will prosecute those medical professionals who violate the trust placed in them.”

The incident allegedly occurred on October 17, 2015, at James Square Health and Rehabilitation Centre, a nursing home located at 918 James Street, when Grover is alleged to have struck a male resident in the face and pushed him causing him to trip and fall, hitting his shoulder on a piece of furniture.  As a result, the resident suffered from impingement syndrome of the right shoulder with a rotator cuff strain. Grover then allegedly made a false statement to the facility regarding the incident.  Grover resides in Syracuse, and worked at the nursing home for four years. 

Grover entered a mandatory plea of not guilty and was released on her own recognizance.  Judge Rosenthal set the next appearance for April 12, 2016.

The case was investigated by Special Investigator Keith J. Hall.  The case is being prosecuted by Ralph D. Tortora, III, Regional Director, Syracuse Regional Office of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.  Catherine Wagner is Chief of Criminal Investigations-Upstate.  William Falk is the Deputy Chief Investigator Upstate.  The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit is led by Director Amy Held and Assistant Deputy Attorney General Paul J. Mahoney.  The Division of Criminal Justice is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan.

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