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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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Former Certified Nursing Assistant Sentenced for Neglect

     WASHINGTON – Stacey Lee Ogunleye, 36, a former employee of Grant Park Care Center, a District of Columbia health care facility, has been sentenced for criminal negligence of a vulnerable person in her care, U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr. and District of Columbia Inspector General Charles J. Willoughby announced today.

     Ogunleye, of Washington, D.C., pled guilty on March 27, 2012, to criminal negligence before the Honorable John F. McCabe, Jr. in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Judge McCabe sentenced Ogunleye to 30 days in jail but suspended the time provided she successfully completes six months of probation. He also ordered her to disclose her conviction in seeking any employment as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Judge McCabe also ordered her to pay $50 towards the Victims of Violent Crime Compensation Act Fund.

     According to the government’s evidence, on November 24, 2009, Ogunleye was the caregiver for an 81-year-old man with significant cognitive and developmental disabilities. She bathed him in a bathtub, and after the bath, noticed that his buttocks were redder than usual. Ogunleye finished her work day without completing the necessary paperwork to document the patient’s condition and without notifying a nurse of the abnormal color of the patient’s skin, as required. Several hours later, another caregiver discovered the patient’s condition; a physician assessed him, and advised that the patient be immediately taken to the Emergency Room, where he was diagnosed with first-degree and second-degree burns to his genitals, buttocks, and feet. Ogunleye initially lied to investigators when questioned about the incident.

     In announcing the sentence, U.S. Attorney Machen and Inspector General Willoughby praised the work of investigator Shante M. McGee of the Office of Inspector General Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU). They also commended the work of Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard DiZinno and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Dominick J. Muracco of the MFCU, who jointly prosecuted the case.





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