The former office manager of a Conway nursing home, accused of stealing more than $100,000 from patients and the owner, pleaded not guilty to a theft of property charge Monday.
Cassandra Bailey, 39, appeared without an attorney and entered the plea before Faulkner County Circuit Judge Ed Clawson.
Bailey, who told the court she planned to hire an attorney, was set for a pretrial hearing Jan. 21, at which time she is to have hired a private attorney.
Bailey appeared in court, out on bond, after she was arrested Nov. 6, and held in lieu of a $50,000 bond.
Bailey was charged the class B felony after Conway police were initially notified of the accusations from St. Andrews Place directors in October.
The nursing home directors told officers Bailey, who worked there for 13 years, admitted to stealing money from the owner and from patients’ accounts, shortly after she was fired for job performance.
The directors provided police with a promissory note, signed by nursing home officials and Bailey, that stated Bailey acknowledged she stole approximately $115,000 and agreed to pay back the money in $650 monthly installments.
If convicted, Bailey would face five to 20 years in prison and up to a $15,000 fine.
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