Ex-nursing home worker pleads guilty in funds theft case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former nursing home worker in West Virginia has pleaded guilty in an embezzlement case.
Thirty-five-year-old Veneford Blankenship of Princeton entered the plea Tuesday to mail fraud in federal court in Charleston.
Prosecutors say Blankenship worked as the business office supervisor at a Princeton nursing home admitted diverting residents’ payment checks into a bank account. She then wrote checks to herself, forging the signatures of two other individuals.
Blankenship agreed to pay nearly $83,000 in restitution as part of her plea agreement. She faces up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Jan. 23.