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Nursing home employees indicted for taking money from elderly residents

ANDERSON CO., February 10, 2014-- Two women formerly employed at the Frankston Healthcare Center in Frankston, Texas, were indicted by an Anderson County Grand Jury on Thursday, January 30, 2014, for taking money out of the trust funds of two elderly nursing home residents.

According to Anderson County District Attorney, Doug Lowe, Robin Lee Slaughter, 43, of Frankston, and Whitney Lyn McFarland, 26 of Chandler, are accused of purchasing items for themselves with a check from the “residents trust fund account” for an amount over $1,500. 

The check was written on August 6, 2013, to a department store in Tyler.

Frankston Healthcare Center which has about 50 residents holds money for the residents’ personal use in trust accounts.

The money allegedly taken by Slaughter and McFarland was linked to the trust accounts of the two victims and is charged as Misapplication of Fiduciary Funds, a state jail felony.

Because the money was taken from elderly persons, the indictment includes counts against Slaughter and McFarland for Exploitation of the Elderly, a third degree felony.

A person found guilty of a state jail felony can be incarcerated for a minimum of 6 months up to 2 years.

A third degree felony has a punishment range of not less than 2 years up to a maximum of 10 years in prison.  

Probation is an option for a state jail felony or third degree felony if a person has never been convicted of a felony.

District Attorney Lowe also reported, “There has been an audit of the rest of the accounts held by the nursing home and I’m confident at this time that no other money is missing.”

The case was investigated by Lieutenant Cavin Dorsey of the Frankston Police Department and investigators with the Texas Department of Aging and Disability.

Slaughter and McFarland have already been arrested on the charges and remain free on bond.  Although no court dates have been set, District Attorney Lowe believes the pair will make their first court appearance in mid-March or early April of this year.

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