Nursing home employee takes $100k from residents

Lee Ray Martin

By Monica Land 

JACKSON – A former nursing home employee is still waiting for her day in court after she was arrested for allegedly taking more than $100,000 from residents at two separate facilities. Bond for 37-year-old Lee Ray Martin, of Redwood, was set at $75,000 after she was arrested in February.

Mississippi’s attorney general Jim Hood said this week Martin has yet to appear in court on those charges.

Martin is charged with multiple accounts of exploiting vulnerable adults stemming from her supposed actions while employed as the business officer coordinator for the Shady Lawn Nursing Home and the Vicksburg Convalescent Center.

Hood said working in that capacity, Martin allegedly wrote checks from the residents’ trust fund/petty cash account, cashed the checks and converted the funds for her own personal use.

The facilities became suspicious of Martin and reported their findings to Hood’s office.

Martin allegedly obtained more than $101,000 from 83 patients, Hood said.

“We appreciate the cooperation of the staffs of both Shady Lawn Nursing Home and Vicksburg Convalescent Center in this very extensive investigation,” said Hood. “Their quick action was invaluable.”

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