PITTSFIELD -- A former employee of a local nursing home who is accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the center's residents over the course of three years remains free on her own recognizance after pleading not guilty to the charges.
Debora A. Goyette, 43, of Bay State Road in Pittsfield, accessed the accounts of patients while employed at Hillcrest Commons Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Valentine Road in Pittsfield, authorities said. She allegedly stole more than $100,000 between January 2009 and October 2012.
"We're outraged," said Rachael Colacino, the director of communications for the center's parent company, Berkshire Healthcare.
Goyette was terminated from her job last year after the company discovered the alleged crime. The company's initial finding were turned over to the Pittsfield Police Department.
"We have fully complied with the investigation," Colacino said.
Goyette was never arrested; instead the charges came by direct indictment, meaning the case was never in district court. She was summonsed to appear in Berkshire Superior Court.
On Wednesday, Goyette, represented by attorney Leonard H. Cohen, appeared before Judge John A. Agostini and pleaded not guilty to three counts of larceny as an ongoing and continuing offense and a single count of making false entries into corporate books.
First Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Paul J. Caccaviello did not ask for any bail in the case.
Agostini released Goyette on personal recognizance. She is due back in court in February for a pretrial hearing.
Colacino told The Eagle that the company has completed a full audit and reimbursed any of the resident's accounts found to have missing funds.
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