Schuette charges Lapeer County woman for embezzling $460k from 136 elderly nursing home residents

 LANSING, Mich. - Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced his Health Care Fraud Division has charged Tina Marie Binkley, 44, of Almont, Michigan, with two 20-year felonies for her alleged scheme to embezzle more than $460,000 from approximately 136 residents of Boulevard Health Center (BHC), a Rochester Hills nursing home facility. Binkley is no longer an employee of BHC.

“Families deserve to know their loved ones in nursing homes are being cared for, not being exploited for personal financial gain,” said Schuette.  “Criminals attempting to victimize our Greatest Generation to line their own pockets will be brought to justice.”
BHC fired Binkley in April 2013 after she allegedly failed to follow standard financial reporting procedures. BHC self-reported major bookkeeping discrepancies to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). The accountant hired to examine their books more closely following Binkley’s termination discovered several significant points of financial concern. LARA then referred the case to the Department of Attorney General for further investigation.
Schuette’s charges allege that between 2010 and 2013 Binkley used her position as the BHC business office manager to embezzle $460,266.82 from 136 residents at the facility. As business office manager, Binkley was authorized to access and manage funds in two separate accounts including: the BHC general account, where facility income was deposited and day-to-day facility expenses were paid; and the Resident Trust Fund (RTF) account, which contains funds presented to BHC by residents, deposited into the account and held until residents request funds for their incidentals. 

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