Ex-nursing home employee sentenced in funds theft case

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former nursing home in West Virginia has been sentenced to one year and one month in federal prison in an embezzlement case.
Thirty-five-year-old Veneford Blankenship was sentenced last week for mail fraud in federal court in Charleston. She also was ordered to pay more than $81,000 in restitution.
Prosecutors say Blankenship was the business office supervisor at a Princeton nursing home and admitted to diverting residents’ payment checks into a bank account. She then wrote checks to herself, forging the signatures of two other individuals.