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Waterford woman to serve 18 months for embezzling from nursing home clients

A Waterford woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $53,000 while working as an accounts manager for the now defunct Haven Healthcare nursing homes has been sentenced to 18 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release.

Serena Sylvia, 42, of Fargo Road had pleaded guilty in January to one count of health care fraud and one count of filing a false federal income tax return.

Sylvia was employed as a regional accounts receivable manager for Haven Health Care Management LLC, which ran several nursing homes in Connecticut and was the subject of a lengthy federal investigation.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Sylvia embezzled more than $53,000 from nursing home resident trust accounts between 2005 and 2008 and failed to pay taxes on the money she stole. She embezzled from residents of Haven nursing homes in Jewett City, Norwich, Waterford and West Haven.

As part of her sentence, Sylvia was ordered to pay back taxes and applicable penalties and interest to the government.

The federal investigation has resulted in convictions of Raymond Termini, the former CEO of Haven Healthcare; Fred Dalicandro, the former director of Cash Management of Haven Healthcare; and Kimberly Boccacio, the former administrator of Haven Health Center of Jewett City.

U.S. Attorney David B. Fein encouraged individuals who suspect health care fraud to report it by calling the Health Care Fraud Task Force at (203) 785-9270 or 1-800-HHS-TIPS.

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