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MHCA Member Alert - Potential Criminal Activity Targeting LTC Communities

Thursday, January 24, 2019   (0 Comments)
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MHCA Members,

The Section for Long Term Care Regulation (SLCR) has received confirmation that a well-organized group of thieves may be targeting Senior Living Communities in the Columbia area. A facility in Columbia has already been targeted. According to information received by the facility, it is believed they have already hit communities in Springfield, Missouri, and various locations in Illinois.

The group is well organized, dressed in scrubs, and come into the community portraying themselves as “Private Duty” staff. They do not sign in and disperse throughout the facility very quickly hitting resident rooms, staff offices, break rooms, etc. Then they leave very quickly in a waiting vehicle. The facility in Columbia that was targeted said that one of their staff members had her wallet stolen last summer and had several thousand dollars charged on her credit card before she was aware. They had a situation occur yesterday where two individuals dressed in scrubs attempted to gain access to the building but were stopped by front office staff. The detective assigned to both of these cases has asked that this information be shared with all long term care communities in Missouri.

In light of this potential threat, please take the necessary steps to ensure the safety and well-being of your staff and residents. Be vigilant as you go about your daily routines. If you see someone in the building that you don’t recognize, please don’t allow them to roam the building unattended. Make sure you watch for any suspicious activity and report all incidents immediately to a supervisor or security. Try to keep all valuables locked and/or in a secure place.

Please keep us apprised of any incidents that occur in your facility.

Thank you,
Nikki Strong
Executive Director

236 Metro Drive | Jefferson City, MO

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