Former Garland County nursing home worker charged with stealing resident’s debit card

A former nursing home worker was arrested on Wednesday on felony charges following allegations he stole a debit card from a resident and used it to make multiple purchases and cash withdrawals.

Johnathon Martin Trent, 32, was taken to Garland County Jail shortly after 1:30 p.m. on a felony charge of abusing an endangered or impaired person, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. jail, and theft by receiving a credit or debit card. , which carries a maximum sentence of six years, and the misdemeanor of theft of property under $1,000, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison.

Trent was released on $5,000 bail less than an hour later and is due in Garland County District Court on September 1.

According to the probable cause affidavit filed by Dane Pederson, a special agent with the Attorney General’s office’s Medicaid Fraud Screening Unit, on January 28, the administrator of Pines Nursing and Rehabilitation, 524 Carpenter Dam Road, has filed a report with the department. from the Office of Long-Term Care Social Services regarding suspicious charges to a resident’s bank account.

He reported that a resident received a text message from his bank about a suspicious debit card charge, then discovered that numerous charges had been made to his account that he had neither made nor authorized .

The resident alleged that a former employee, identified as Trent, used his debit card to buy food for him in November 2021, the affidavit states. The property provided a copy of the resident’s bank statement showing unauthorized charges on the resident’s debit card to Domino’s Pizza, Cash App, Straight Talk, DoorDash, PlayStation and Google.

Subpoenas were issued and documents were obtained from the resident’s bank, cash enforcement and other businesses.

Records reportedly showed two cash withdrawals from the resident’s card made by Trent on Jan. 26 and 27, totaling $140. Records from Straight Talk, a telephone service, indicated that card payments of over $150 were made to pay for a phone account traced to Trent and Pederson called the number and communicated with Trent during the investigation.

DoorDash records showed payments of $27.91 on Jan. 16 and $17.83 on Jan. 23 for customer Trent, of Burger King, which were delivered to Village Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation, 228 W. Grand Ave. The affidavit notes that Trent was fired from Pines She was a nurse working in Village Springs when the food was delivered.

A Google Card Charge of $7.99 was made to Trent’s Google Account at his former address on Piney Loop, which was his address listed on Pines’ file before he was fired, authorities said. Records of a $24.55 charge made to Domino’s indicate the pizza was delivered to Trent’s current address on January 26.

The total amount allegedly stolen from the resident, including cash withdrawals, was $419.22, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit notes that Trent “refused to be questioned” by Pederson regarding the allegations. A warrant for his arrest was issued on Monday.