Broward County

Former nursing home worker arrested for stealing $12K from elderly resident

The former director of admissions at the Harbor Beach Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Fort Lauderdale has been arrested on charges of stealing $12,000 from a 79-year-old resident suffering from dementia, according to the state attorney general’s office.

Cathy Hanna, 42, convinced the resident to withdraw the money from her bank account and used it to make a car payment, investigators for the state’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit allege.

Hanna was arrested Thursday and faces charges of grand theft from a person 65 years or older, a second degree felony, and exploitation of an elderly person, a third degree felony.

The state’s Medicaid fraud team investigates allegations of patient abuse, neglect and exploitation at facilities that receive Medicaid payments.

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This article was produced in collaboration with Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation.