McMeechan pleads not guilty to stealing from nursing home residents

Julieann McMeechan of Gamaliel made a first appearance in Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday and entered a not guilty plea to charges stemming from the alleged theft and use of credit and debit cards belonging to residents of the Good Samaritan Nursing Home.

The 37-year-old McMeechan, who was employed by Good Samaritan as a care giver for the elderly victims, said she had been given the cards by the residents to make purchase for them.

Both victims, however, denied giving their cards to McMeechan or authorizing her to use them.

Investigators found that the cards had been used to make a number of charges at Walmart totaling almost $900. Video surveillance showed McMeechan making the transactions.

She is charged with five counts of forgery and seven counts of theft of property.

Circuit Judge John Putman ordered McMeechan to reappear in Circuit Court August 10. She is free on $2,500 bond.


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