- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A former nursing home employee has pleaded guilty to stealing money from a patient trust fund account.

Attorney General Luther Strange said in a statement Tuesday that 38-year-old Gwendolyn Michelle Lacy of Birmingham has pleaded guilty to theft of property and criminal computer tampering.

Lacy admitted to using a computer at the East Glen Nursing Home to write nine checks to her friends that were drawn from accounts belonging to various patients. Officials say Lacy’s friends cashed more than $4,000 worth of checks for her and an audit revealed the theft.

Strange says Lacy’s 16-month sentence has been suspended and she’s ordered to serve 12 months of probation and pay restitution.

Officials say Clarence Dates has also pleaded guilty in the theft and charges are pending against three others.

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