The woman charged with stealing funds from Pleasant Ridge Manor Nursing Home has made her initial appearance in court.
Brenda Lee Jacobs appeared before the District Judge in McKean Thursday. Jacobs is charged with stealing more than $175,000 from the county-run nursing home.
Jacobs is a former employee at Pleasant Ridge Manor where she worked as a billing specialist. She is suspected of using her position to illegally transfer insurance reimbursements to her personal banking accounts.
The investigation also alleges that Jacobs was employed by a local optometrist, and money was taken from that account using similar tactics.
Judge Denise Stuck-Lewis set Jacobs’ bail at $50,000.
On Thursday, several Erie County officials as well as the Pleasant Ridge Board of Trustees issued statements on this matter.
The Administration and employees of Pleasant Ridge Manor have unwavering support of Erie County Council leadership as they navigate through this difficult time. The procedural vetting system to hire employees is rigorous to ensure the safety and security of the staff and patients. This unfortunate situation remains an anomaly as the Pleasant Ridge Manor Administration and staff provide the highest quality of care in Erie CountyCarl Anderson, Pleasant Ridge Board of Trustees Chairman
Erie County Government opted to pay for insurance for these kids of unfortunate situations. Thanks to these forward and proactive insurance policies, Erie County taxpayers have been alleviated of the financial burden of this situation.Kim Clear, County Council Finance Chairwoman and Pleasant Ridge Board of Trustees Vice-Chair
Pleasant Ridge Manor and Erie County will continue to cooperate with the District Attorney’s office and the Pennsylvania State Police as the matter moves forward.Robert Smith, Pleasant Ridge Manor CEO