Homecare Nurse Sentenced for Falsifying Timesheets to Fraudulently Collect Pay from Victim's Special Needs Trust

Modified: June 15, 2021 10:03am

6/15/2021

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 40-year-old Wendi Jo Oliver of Barker was sentenced this morning before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns to 3 years’ probation and 75 hours of community service.

The defendant, while employed as a homecare nurse for an adult victim with cerebral palsy in the Town of Clarence, falsified timesheets between February 1, 2018 and December 1, 2019. As a result of her actions, the defendant unlawfully collected $11,700.00 in pay through the victim’s special needs trust fund. The defendant was terminated from her position shortly after the theft was uncovered.

Oliver pleaded guilty to one count of Attempted Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (Class “A” misdemeanor) on February 16, 2021. She paid full restitution to the victim at the time of her plea.

DA Flynn commends Detective Deputy Dan Brinkeroff of the Erie County Sheriff’s Office for his work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Chief Candace Vogel of the DA’s Special Investigations and Prosecutions (SIP) Unit.