Former nursing home worker arrested after allegedly stealing resident’s debit card

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A former nursing home worker was arrested on Wednesday on felony charges following allegations he stole a debit card from a resident and used it to make multiple purchases and cash withdrawals.

Johnathon Martin Trent, 32, who lists an Elkhorn Loop address, was taken to the Garland County Detention Center shortly after 1:30 p.m. for felony abuse of an endangered or impaired person, which carries a $10 years in prison and theft. receiving a credit or debit card, punishable by up to six years, and a misdemeanor count of theft of property under $1,000, punishable by up to one year in jail.

Trent, who lists no criminal history, was released on $5,000 bond less than an hour later and is due in Garland County District Court on September 1.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Dane Pederson, a special agent with the Attorney General’s office’s Medicaid Fraud Screening Unit, on January 28, the administrator of Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation, 524 Carpenter Dam Road, has filed a report with the department. from the Long Term Care Social Services Office regarding an alleged incident.

He reported that a resident received a text message from his bank about a suspicious debit card charge, then discovered that numerous charges had been made to his account that he had neither made nor authorized .

The resident alleged that a former employee, identified as Trent, used his debit card to buy food for him in November 2021. The property provided a copy of the resident’s bank statement showing unauthorized charges on the card resident’s debit to Domino’s Pizza, a cash payment application. , Straight Talk, DoorDash, PlayStation and Google.

Subpoenas were issued and documents were obtained from the resident’s bank, cash enforcement and other businesses.

Records reportedly showed two cash withdrawals from the resident’s card made by Trent on Jan. 26 and 27, totaling $140. Records from Straight Talk, a telephone service, indicated that card payments of over $150 were made to pay for a phone account traced to Trent and Pederson had in fact called the number and contacted Trent during the investigation.

DoorDash records showed payments of $27.91 on Jan. 16 and $17.83 on Jan. 23 for customer Trent, of Burger King, which were delivered to Village Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation, 228 W. Grand Ave. The affidavit notes that Trent was fired from Pines Nursing and was working in Village Springs when the food was delivered.

A $7.99 Google Card Charge was made to Trent’s Google Account at his old address on Piney Loop, which was his address on file with Pines before he was fired. Records of a $24.55 charge made to Domino’s indicate the pizza was delivered to Trent’s current address in Elkhorn Loop on January 26.

The total amount allegedly stolen from the resident, including cash withdrawals, was $419.22.

The affidavit notes that Trent “refused to be questioned” by Pederson regarding the allegations. A warrant for his arrest was issued on Monday.

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