An Bennington, N.H., woman pleaded not guilty in court to 16 counts of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult.
Jodi LaClaire was a licensed nurses assistant employed at the Thompson House, an assisted living residence and nursing home in Brattleboro, from January 2008 to March 27, 2009.
On the same day one of the residents was rushed to the hospital, LaClaire allegedly began using the sick woman's credit card to make cash withdrawals totaling more than $4,000. All transactions, attempted and completed, were found to exceed $8,000, according to court documents.
Dane Rank, Thompson House administrator, said that to his knowledge, there have been no prior cases of exploitation at Thompson House.
"We do four background checks on all of our employees," Rank said, adding that Thompson House initiated the police investigation.
"It's our job to make sure that these people who can't defend themselves are kept safe and are cared for," Rank said.
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