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Mt. Vernon Woman Charged In Alleged Neglect Of A Nursing Home Patient

Mount Vernon resident Juliet Clifford was arrested on an endangerment charge.
Mount Vernon resident Juliet Clifford was arrested on an endangerment charge. Photo Credit: File

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – A Mount Vernon woman faces accusations that she allegedly neglected, endangered and falsified records of a patient in her Queens, N.Y. nursing home who was suffering from dementia and went missing, according to State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

Juliet Clifford, 43, failed to call authorities two weeks ago when Alan Frazer was found missing from the Bishop Charles Waldo Maclean Episcopal Nursing Home in Far Rockaway, the attorney general’s criminal complaint said.

The following day, Clifford removed medical notes from the 73-year-old patient’s record and instructed a colleague to falsely indicate that Frazer left the facility against the advice of his physicians and counselors, according to the complaint.  Clifford also advised her staff not to call police about the incident, the complaint said.

Clifford was charged with one count of first-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, a felony, two counts of falsifying business records and one count of willful violation of health laws.

If convicted, she could face up to four years in prison. Clifford is scheduled to return to court on June 21.

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