Goodman convicted of 3 counts of ‘mistreatment of dependent’; ordered to repay $52,331 to Golden Living Center trust fund

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Brenda Goodman, 55, of Wellington has pled guilty to three counts of mistreatment of a dependent adult after taking $52,331.72 from a resident trust account while employed at Golden Living Center at 102 W. Botkin.Brenda GoodmanAs part of the a plea agreement with the Sumner County Attorney’s office, Goodman is sentenced on two level 7 felony counts and one misdemeanor. Goodman was originally charged with eight felony and 13 misdemeanor charges but all others charges were dismissed as part of the agreement.Goodman has been placed on 30-month probation. As part of the terms of the probation, she must repay all $52,331.72 to the trust fund. The probation can be extended if she demonstrates that she is making payments. Goodman will not serve any time in prison, said Matt Mullen, Sumner County Assistant Attorney.“If she does not make payments, she will be violating the terms of probation,” Mullen said. “If that occurs, she could be facing jail time.”Allegedly, Goodman took $52,331.72 from the Resident Trust Account of 19 individuals, who were living at Golden Living Center, a nursing home on the south edge of Wellington. The Sumner County Attorney’s office brought charges against Goodman following a 13-month investigation involving the Wellington Police Department and the attorney’s office. The investigation included 25 witnesses and two WPD detectives. Mullen said Goodman, who was described as a business manager at Golden Living Center, appeared to have acted alone in the alleged crimes and no other suspects were under investigation. “The matter came to light when a WPD detective was approached around April, 2014, concerning discrepancies in a financial statement of a resident living there at the time,” Mullen said. “We started to delve into the matter further and soon discovered this was not an isolated incident and several others were affected.” The alleged crimes took place between June 26, 2009 and April 11, 2014. Mullen said there were more than the 19 cases filed by the county attorney’s office. “We could not prosecute for crimes before that period of time due to the five-year statue of limitations,” he said. In the criminal complaint, Goodman was accused of taking financial resources from residents by “the use of deception, false pretense, and/or false representation for the defendant’s personal and financial advantage.”Golden Living Center Cheryl Wright, Executive Director at Golden Living Center, provided the following response in July. “At Golden Living the health, wellness and safety of our patients and residents is our first priority. As soon as Golden Living suspected an issue, the employee was suspended and independent auditors were hired to review the situation. As part of our standard protocol, anytime there is suspected criminal activity we notify the authorities. In this instance, Golden Living immediately notified the Wellington Police and have worked closely with them throughout their investigation. All patient trust funds impacted by this incident have been assessed and those that were determined to not be properly documented have been paid back with interest to the resident or their family members. Golden Living also has enacted new levels of supervision and oversight of our Business Office Managers to monitor activity and prevent future occurrences. Our community trusts us to care for their loved ones and we appreciate their support.” Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (6) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +21 Vote up Vote down guest · 242 weeks ago She will never be able to pay that back she should be doing time! What a shame someone could do that to the people she was suppose to take care of Report Reply 1 reply · active 241 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down bser · 241 weeks ago keep her out of casino Report Reply +8 Vote up Vote down Jim · 242 weeks ago I do not understand why she is getting no jail time. I think it is time to make a change again in the prosecuting attorneys office. This is exactly what is wrong with our country, no one is being held accountable for the crimes they commit. I would have thrown the book at her and still made her repay all taken plus made her responsible for all cost involved with investigating and prosecuting. Report Reply 1 reply · active 242 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Maggie · 242 weeks ago If she were in jail, how would she have any income with which to repay the funds she stole? isn’t financial restitution in the best interests of the victim(s)? If she had the funds squirreled away somewhere, then by all means seize those assists, return them to the victim, and then toss her in jail. But since the court approved a payment plan over a period of time, it sounds like the money’s long gone. Report Reply +11 Vote up Vote down Guest · 242 weeks ago Mistreatment of funds……aka embezzlement. Report Reply 0 replies · active 242 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down affected family · 242 weeks ago It is ridiculous that we have the lives of young adults being ruined because of having the book thrown at them because of misjudgements and bad choices yet when an adult chooses to steal from the very people she is charged with helping and caring for over a long period of time they are let go with just probation and the agreement to repay the money. So now the court had decided that it is ok to steal from people as long as you eventually pay it back?doesn’t seem like there is any acknowledging of wrong doing let alone punishment. On a related note as a family member who had been personally affected by this Golden living has been very timely and honest resolving the issue. Report Reply 0 replies · active 242 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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