[UPDATE] Mental Health Center Patient Swindled by Case Worker

UPDATED 2.16.2011 by Julie Montanaro

A Tallahassee woman accused of stealing more than 30-grand from a patient's retirement account has been spared a prison sentence.

Ronita Mack was arrested in November 2010. At the time she was a forensic case manager at the Apalachee Center for Mental Health.

Police say she used a patient's social security card and drivers license to get a debit card and then proceeded to make more than 100 fraudulent transactions with it.

Court records show that Mack entered a no contest plea earlier this week and was sentenced to house arrest and 20 years on probation.

Records show she was ordered to pay back the 36 thousand dollars she stole in chunks of at least $150 a month.

Prosecutors say they okayed probation in this case instead of prison because they felt it was the only way Mack could begin to pay the money back.

Among the terms of Mack's probation? Not to work as a caretaker for the elderly or disabled.

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An employee at the Apalachee Center for Mental Health is now behind bars, accused of stealing nearly 37-thousand dollars from a patient's retirement account.

24 year old Ronita Mack is facing three felonies.

Arrest papers say she used a patient's social security card and driver's license to get a debit card and then proceeded to make more than 100 fraudulent transactions since August.

According to arrest papers, Mack is a forensic case manager at the Apalachee Center. Police say she made more than 60 ATM withdrawals since August and there are several surveillance tapes which show her in action.


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