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Former nurse at Meritus Medical Center charged with theft

Misti A. Jesson was allegedly clocking into work on days she was not working

December 22, 2011|By DON AINES | dona@hearld-mail.com

A former registered nurse at Meritus Medical Center has been charged with receiving more than $8,000 in wages for time she was not working in the hospital, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

Misti A. Jesson, 26, of 11035 Big Pool Road, Big Pool, was charged this week with theft of between $1,000 and $10,000 and a theft scheme between $1,000 and $10,000, sheriff's office Detective David G. Sanders said.

Jesson was allegedly clocking in at the medical center on days she was not working, then returning sometimes more than 12 hours later to clock out, according to the application for statement of charges.

The alleged practice occurred on about 20 occasions between Dec. 11, 2010, and Sept. 25, 2011, the charging documents said.

Dec. 11, 2010, was the day the new medical center opened east of Hagerstown.

During a period of more than eight months, Jesson was paid $8,705.57 for hours she did not work, Sanders said.

In a number of instances, Jesson was being paid in excess of $500 for days on which she was not scheduled to work, the documents said.

A supervisor reviewing nurses' timecards became aware of a problem in October, the documents said. The cards showed that Jesson was clocking in and out on days she was not scheduled to work, and that she did so at the Orange Entrance, a different part of the hospital from where she normally worked, the documents said.

Employees use security badges to clock in and out, and gain access to various areas of the hospital, the documents said. The hospital's director of security and Jesson's supervisor reviewed a Sept. 25 security video that they believe showed Jesson parking her car and clocking in and out at the Orange Entrance, the documents said.

Jesson was discharged on Oct. 5, the documents said.

When questioned by an investigator about why she allegedly committed the frauds, "Jesson stated she did it to pay bills and restart her life after her divorce," the documents said.

Jesson was served with a criminal summons on Tuesday, Sanders said.

She is scheduled to appear in Washington County District Court on March 20, court records said.

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