LITTLE ROCK — Two former employees of a Perry County nursing home face multiple felony counts for allegedly tapping residents’ personal funds for their own use, the state attorney general’s office said Wednesday.
Jewel Darlene English, 48, and Sharla Renea Christie, 35, both of Perryville, are accused of stealing from a trust account established to pay for residents’ personal expenses and needs and using the money to buy themselves clothing, jewelry, shoes and makeup.
The woman were arrested last week following an investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
English was formerly the administrator of Perry County Nursing and Rehabilitation. Christie had been the nursing home’s office manager.
English is accused of stealing from eight residents. She was charged with six Class C felony and two misdemeanor exploitation counts. Christie is accused of stealing from four residents and has been charged with three felonies and one misdemeanor. The total amount taken from the trust account was $4,604.
"We trust nursing home employees to care for our loved ones, not to spend our loved ones’ money on items like lipstick, jeans and costume jewelry," Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Wednesday in a news release announcing the arrests.
English and Christie are accused of making a series of unauthorized withdrawals from the trust account between Sept. 21 and Nov. 21, 2012. They are accused of writing and signing checks from the account, cashing the checks and using the money for their personal benefit.