Director Arrested In Cover-Up
On Saturday, June 8th, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that the former Director of Nursing Services for a Rockaway nursing home had been arrested for falsifying facility records to cover-up that a 74 year old resident, Alan Frazer, who suffers from dementia, had gone missing from the facility.
Frazer was a resident of Bishop Charles Waldo Maclean Episcopal Nursing, at 327 Beach 19th Street in Far Rockaway.
Juliet Clifford, a resident of Mount Vernon, was arrested on one count of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person in the first degree, one count of falsifying business records in the first degree, two counts of falsifying business records in the second degree, and one count of willful violation of the health laws.
If found guilty, Clifford faces up to four years in prison.
Regarding the case, Schneiderman said, “Our most vulnerable citizens deserve high-quality care and peace of mind. Because this individual acted recklessly and unlawfully, someone who needs care is missing.”
According to the complaint filed in Queens County Criminal Court, on May 26th Clifford failed to call police to report that Frazer was missing from the facility.
When investigators from the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit responded to the facility on May 29th, and requested Clifford call 911 to report the resident missing, she refused to do so, stating that he had actually left “against medical advice” (AMA).
Frazer was eventually reported missing by the facility on Thursday, May 30th.
The day after Frazer went missing, Clifford removed notes from his medical records. She also instructed a staff member to falsely state in the records that the Frazer left AMA and told staff members not to call the police department.
Frazer is still missing. Anyone who might have any information as to the whereabouts is encouraged to call the NYS Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346- 3543.
Clifford was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court and released on her own recognizance. She is scheduled to return to court on Friday, June 21st.