A former employee of Providence Care Centers was recently indicted on charges of theft, forgery and tampering with evidence.
Denise Walker, 46, of Sandusky, is accused of stealing $65,000 from the senior living facility over a period of six years, according to Erie County Common Pleas Court records. The indictment came last month, after more than a year of investigation by Sandusky police.
Providence Care administrators discovered the theft in December 2011 and reported it to police, who launched an investigation the following month. Walker is accused of forging signatures on receipts and altered bookkeeping records, stealing $65,447 from 2006 to January 2012.
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Providence Care Centers issued the following statement on the incident:
Providence Care Centers recently reported an incident involving one of its former employees. Its Executive Director, Wendy Dolyk states that upon discovery of the action, the employee was immediately terminated. She went on to state: our main goal is to always provide quality care. We deeply regret any inconvenience and concern this may create for our residents and families and others affected.
The incident occurred through the actions of one employee acting outside the scope of her authority but Providence Care Center is taking full responsibility and ensuring that no resident incurs any financial burden.
Providence Care Centers has taken immediate measures to prevent a similar situation from reoccurring, including strengthening its internal audit controls.
Providence Care Centers has reported this incident to all appropriate state and federal oversight and regulatory agencies as soon as it was discovered.
Providence Care Centers still remains as a premier provider of quality care services in Erie County by offering skilled nursing, assisted living, memory care unit and independent living units.