9News Investigators: Veterans Home Director of Nursing arrested and fired

9News Investigators: Veterans Home Director of Nursing arrested and fired

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Director of Nursing at the Veterans Home in Jackson, La, Todd C. Price, turned himself in to the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office on Thursday to face dozens of charges stemming from alleged mismanagement of public records.

Price is charged with 24 counts of 1st degree injuring public records and malfeasance in office. He's accused of deleting patients' medical records.

On Oct. 8, the 9News Investigators first reported that investigators from the Inspector General's Office searched the veterans Jackson home in August to "Investigate an incident of a patient falling out of a bed at the facility on March 29, 2015," and an alleged cover-up with missing records. The search warrant went on to say "Facility director of nursing, Todd Price, deleted the original incident report on April 1, 2015."

Of the 24 deleted reports, Greg Phares, Chief Investigators with the IG's Office, said, "Most if not all are different patients."

According to the arrest warrant, Price had full access and control over the computer software that maintains medical records and, "between March 12, 2013 and April 1, 2015, the director of nursing, Todd C. Price, removed or electronically deleted 23 additional incident reports involving residents."

Since then, Price has been fired from the veterans home according to the State Department of Veterans Affairs.

"Mr. Todd Price was formerly the Director of Nursing at the Louisiana Veterans Home in Jackson, Louisiana.  Mr. Price was placed on administrative leave on September 25, 2015 and issued a letter, per Louisiana Civil Service policy, informing him of the Department's intention to terminate his employment on October 12, 2015.  Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs will continue to support this ongoing investigation and remains committed to the care and support of Louisiana Veterans."

Since then, the State Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Lecerte resigned in the middle of this investigation. Phares said, "events that took place under his stewardship of that office are under investigation."

There are five veterans homes in total in Louisiana. Phares confirmed the Jackson home is not the only one under investigation but would not specify which ones were undergoing their own investigation.

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