Jefferson City, MO – (12/12/17) A former employee of a Carthage nursing home was sentenced to 17 years for financial abuse of a Medicaid recipient and receiving stolen property.
Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced that Kirsti Metcalf, 41, of Carthage, Missouri, has been sentenced to 10 years for receiving stolen property and seven years for financial abuse of a Medicaid patient, to be served concurrently for ten years. She must also pay $44, 561 in restitution to her victims and $15,370.63 for the State’s prosecution costs. In October, Metcalf pled guilty to the class B felony of receiving stolen property and the class C felony of abuse of a health care recipient in the Circuit Court of Jasper County.
Metcalf was employed in the business office of a Carthage nursing home from 2010 through 2012. She was responsible for accounts which held resident funds in trust. She pled guilty to systematically retaining $44,561 in resident funds for her own purposes without the residents or their families’ consent. Some of the residents were Medicaid recipients.
During sentencing, Jasper County Judge David Mouton described Metcalf’s actions as “despicable” and “horrible” and noted that her victims were elderly or incapacitated.
“Criminal actions like those of Kirsti Metcalf will not be tolerated in Missouri,” Hawley said. “Let this conviction signify to anyone trying to take advantage of our most vulnerable citizens that this behavior will not stand. Our office is firm in its commitment to protect all Missourians.”
This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Brad Crowell and Assistant Attorney General Sarah Schappe with the assistance of the Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office as well as AGO Auditor Matt Smith and AGO investigator Lauren Richardson.
(Edited Media Release)