CPSO: One arrested, search for second suspect underway in connection with theft from nursing home residents

CPSO: One arrested, search for second suspect underway in connection with theft from nursing home residents

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of theft from a local nursing home and its residents, according to Kim Myers spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation began after a complaint from the nursing home that money was being stolen from numerous residents' accounts.

Detectives believe a worker at the nursing home, Andrea V. Johson, 38, of Lake Charles was purchasing items with funds from residents' accounts and would then return the items to get cash back. Items such as Tvs, DVDs, Rokus, and gift cards.

Johnson allegedly stole close to $13,000 from Nov. 2017-Dec. 2018 from about 21 residents.

During the course of the investigation an audit was conducted of the nursing home and it was then revealed that the office manager, Katherine M. Coyle, 42, of Lake Charles was also dipping into residents' accounts, Myers said. When confronted with the evidence Coyle admitted to filing fraudulent requests for cash from accounts without their knowledge.

She then admitted to cashing the checks and keeping the money. Coyle stole around $44,000 from March 2017-Dec. 2017 from 30 residents.

Warrants were issued for both women. Coyle turned herself into detectives on Jan. 14. She was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center and faces charges of theft over $25,000; and 30 counts of exploitation of the infirmed. She was released later the same day on a $200,000 bond set by Judge Guy Bradberry.

Johnson has an active warrant totaling $130,000 and faces charges of $500 but less than $25,000; and 21 counts of exploitation of the infirmed.

The nursing home has fully reimbursed all residents’ accounts. If you have any information on this case Myers asks that you contact lead investigator, Det. John Melton.

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