Ex-nursing home administrator gets 4 years for theft

Ex-nursing home administrator gets 4 years for theft

URBANA — A former Champaign nursing home administrator accused of stealing money from residents is heading to prison.

Pamela S. Britt, 55, the former administrator at Heartland Health Care Center, 309 E. Springfield Ave., C, pleaded guilty Monday morning to one count of felony theft and was sentenced to four years in prison.

She also agreed to pay restitution of $97,195 to the nursing home, and in exchange for her guilty plea, 11 other counts were dismissed.

Britt was arrested in June at her Potomac home and charged with 12 felony counts of financial exploitation of an elderly person, theft, theft by deception and forgery involving 18 victims.

The case was investigated by the Illinois State Police Medicaid Fraud Bureau and Champaign police and prosecuted by the Illinois Attorney General's Office.

Had the case gone to trial, Assistant Attorney General Steve Swofford said, witnesses would have said Britt had access to a resident trust fund between 2007 and 2011 while she was administrator of the nursing home, and an audit showed she forged checks and took money to use for her own benefit. She also admitted this to police, he said.

Scott Mulford, spokesman for Attorney General Lisa Madigan, said the restitution will cover all victims, even though the other 11 counts were dismissed in the deal.

In the theft count involved in her guilty plea, Britt was said to have obtained unauthorized control over money belonging to a victim 80 years old or older.

In some of the dismissed counts, she was accused of illegally using assets or resources of victims "while standing in a position of trust or confidence," theft of money involving multiple victims and forgery involving checks drawn on a trust account of HRC Manor Care.

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