SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) – A former employee of an assisted care facility is accused of stealing residents’ prescription medications.
Elizabeth Roark is charged with 7 counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment. The charges were filed in Marion County Circuit Court earlier this month. Prosecutors have also given notice that if they obtain a conviction, they will seek a harsher sentence because of the deliberate cruelty to the victim(s), violation of public trust, and lack of remorse.
In a probable cause affidavit, officials claim that Roark stole prescription medication from at least 7 residents from the Four Seasons Residential Care Facilities in Salem. The residents listed in the report are described as “elderly” or “dependent.”
Roark is scheduled to appear in court on October 12 for a plea hearing. When she was contacted by police, she did not make any statements and said she was in the process of hiring an attorney, records shsow.
An official with Four Seasons Residential Care Facilities declined to comment to KOIN 6 News.
Roark is no longer employed with the company, according to court records.