By MARY RAINWATER
Two women formerly employed at a Frankston nursing home were indicted by an Anderson County Grand Jury recently for taking money out of the trust funds of two elderly nursing home residents in August of 2013.
According to reports provided by the Anderson County District Attorney's Office, 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” at the Frankston Healthcare Center for an amount over $1,500.
The check was written on Aug. 6, 2013 to a department store in Tyler.
Frankston Healthcare Center, which has about 50 residents, holds money for the residents’ personal use in individual trust accounts.
The money allegedly taken by Slaughter and McFarland was linked to the trust accounts of the two victims, leading to the charge of Misapplication of Fiduciary Funds, a state jail felony. Because the money was taken from elderly persons, the indictment includes counts against the two subjects 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.
“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,” Anderson County District Attorney Doug Lowe said.
The case was investigated by Lt. 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, Lowe believes the pair will make their first court appearance in mid-March or early April.