Los Angeles Area Licensed Vocational Nurse Charged with Felony Grand Theft

On May 1, 2017, investigators with the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation obtained an arrest warrant for licensed vocational nurse Josell McNeil-Dawkins.

McNeil-Dawkins was charged with one felony count of grand theft by embezzlement.

McNeil-Dawkins was investigated by the Division of Investigations’ Investigation and Enforcement Unit – Chatsworth Field Office after she was terminated by her employer, a home health agency.

From December 2015 to February 2016, McNeil-Dawkins was paid to provide in-home patient care for an infant.  McNeil-Dawkins failed to provide the care and instead falsified records in order to obtain payments for services she had never provided.

McNeil-Dawkins turned herself into the Los Angeles County Court on May 5 and pleaded not guilty to the charge.  She appeared in court on May 18 and her next court appearance is scheduled for July 6, 2017 at 8:30am.

The Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians is reviewing the case and will take disciplinary action against McNeil-Dawkins’ license as appropriate.


Licensed Vocational Nurse Charged in Embezzlement Scheme

Southern California woman allegedly falsified employment records for monetary gain.

PrintRuth Green, of Lancaster, has been charged with one felony count of grand theft embezzlement and 15 misdemeanor counts of falsification of records for creating false and fraudulent time cards and medical records to obtain wages from her employer.

Green, a licensed vocational nurse (LVN), was hired to provide in-home nursing care for a child, four days a week, seven hours a day, which she failed to do.  Family members reported that Green was not coming into the home to care for the child as scheduled.

The Department of Consumer Affair’s Division of Investigation (DOI) Chatsworth Field Office investigated the allegations and time-clock records revealed that Green was working as a nurse at a skilled nursing facility on the dates she reported working at the child’s home. DOI’s investigation found that Green allegedly falsified records over a four-month period to show she was present at the child’s home for 43 days when she was not.

Charges were filed by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.    Green’s next court appearance will be in Los Angeles Superior Court on May 4, 2016.


Former Registered Nurse Sentenced to Jail, Probation

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FRESNO – A former Registered Nurse has been sentenced in Fresno County Superior Court to 40 months in jail, and will be placed on probation upon his release following his no contest pleas to felony charges of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, embezzlement and burglary.

An investigation led by the Central Valley Field Office of the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Division of Investigation found that in February 2015 Jason Burham Smith removed and tampered with Fentanyl and Morphine vials while employed at LDAC Vascular Centers in Fresno. Video surveillance from the facility showed Smith removing the narcotics from the narcotics cabinet, although he was not authorized to do so.

Last month, Smith entered a no contest plea to two felony counts of obtaining controlled substances by fraud, embezzlement and burglary which occurred during his employment at St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno. He also pled guilty to one enhancement count of committing a crime while released on bail in a previous case.

In March 2015, Smith surrendered his Registered Nurse license to the Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) as part of a stipulated settlement. In January 2015, the BRN filed an Accusation against Smith’s license for failing to properly document the administration and wastage of prescription medicine and illegally obtaining controlled substances for personal use.

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