Nursing Home Owner Accused In $300,000 Theft

Thursday, October 11th 2007, 3:18 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The owner of a Sulphur nursing home has been accused of stealing more than $300,000 from a 69-year-old mentally ill woman in his care.

Attorney General Drew Edmondson said Samuel Todd Jewell, 44, was charged in Pontotoc County District Court on Tuesday of four counts of financial exploitation by a caretaker.

``He is accused of manipulating a 69-year-old mentally ill patient to give him power of attorney over her finances and taking her money for his own use,'' Edmondson said.

The woman, now 74, has moved to another long-term care facility after living 10 years at Jewell's Hallway Nursing Home, the attorney general said.

The state alleges that Jewell convinced the woman to transfer money out of the stock market to a checking account and then fraudulently had her move the money to his personal accounts.

Jewell did not return messages left by The Associated Press at his offices in Sulphur.

The case was investigated by the attorney general's office and the FBI.