GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Four workers at a Long Island nursing home were arraigned Tuesday on charges of falsifying records and endangering patients after the state launched an investigation into the facility that involved the use of a hidden camera.
The employees of Medford Multicare Center for Living in Garden City were accused of failing to move and turn over a patient for several hours, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said. The employees also apparently denied the patient water and left him sitting in his own waste, Cuomo said.
Two licensed practical nurses and two certified nurses aides are facing felony counts of falsifying business records and misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a physically disabled person.
A defense attorney for one of the accused workers vehemently denied the allegations, and suggested if prosecutors wanted to pinpoint anyone, it should be nursing home management.
"There was no harm to the patient, " said Oscar Michelen, who represents Rima Chaudry, an LPN who pleaded not guilty at her arraignment in Central Islip. "They are going after people who had no authority," he said.
The state probe also found the four employees falsified patient's medical records.
The defendants were released without bail and are due back in court March 20. Cuomo said the investigation was ongoing and further arrests were expected.