DEPUTIES: Nursing Home Maintenance Director Sold Equipment

A maintenance director at a nursing home in Eastern Carolina is under arrest, accused of taking equipment and selling it.

Brenard Upchurch of Dudley was charged by Wayne County deputies with felony conversion.

Deputies say Upchurch had been maintenance director at Britthaven of Goldsboro since October. They say supervisors at the nursing home began missing equipment recently and their investigation showed Upchruch sold the equipment at a local pawn shop. Deputies say some of that equipment has been recovered.

Bond for the 49-year-old Upchurch was set at $5,000.


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  • by Patrick Location: Taylor on Jul 13, 2011 at 12:42 PM
    In regards to the comment of Direcyor not doing physical labor, in the state of Pennsylvania maintenance Directors do... Billing, oversee contractors, follow a strict budget, repair/fix everything. I work at a Golden Living Center and in the maintenance departent it's all about the residents. If it was any other way I would leave. They are for profit but what ever is needed for the residents or involves residents needs I always get the OK to purchase it. Getting back to the JERK who was stealing fro the residents... YES, by taking the equipment he is stealing from the residents. HOW LOW COULD SOMEONE GET??? $5000.00 Bail! HUH they should take a closer look at this situation and ream this JERK a new one!
  • by Jaime Location: New York on Mar 14, 2011 at 09:15 PM
    To: NURSE, If you will read the story carefully, the accused is not a maintenance man but a maintenance director. There is a huge dicrepancy between those two. The Director is the Department Head while the Maintenance Man is the person that does the job. He reports to the Director.
  • by Jaime Location: New York on Mar 14, 2011 at 09:06 PM
    I could not understand how that Maintenance Director could committ such alledged crime when there is a strict regulation in Nursings about background checking before an employee could be considered for the position. It only means that the Maintenance Director was hired without undergoing a background check, which in this case could fire back to the Administration.
  • by NURSE Location: HAVELOCK on Jan 7, 2010 at 09:53 AM
    TO TINA...SO WHAT YOU ARE SAYING IS THAT BECAUSE DEMENTIA RESIDENTS ARE COMBATIVE BECAUSE OF A COGNITIVE DISABILITY GIVES THE STAFF WHO CHOSE THAT CAREER TO STEAL FROM THEM....???????
  • by Louie on Jan 6, 2010 at 06:00 PM
    Crime doesn't pay...Neither does working!
  • by nurse Location: havelock on Jan 6, 2010 at 09:30 AM
    tina you are correct about all of those things however you chose that job if you dont like being a cna go to nursing school and you can not claim that you cant there are plenty opportunities afforded to you to do so
  • by Nurse on Jan 6, 2010 at 08:02 AM
    The MAINTENANCE MAN stole, not the nursing staff. Duh, huh!
  • by Redic on Jan 5, 2010 at 10:34 PM
    Amen to Tina! Sassymom, please go work in a nursing home and let some demented lady bite you and hit you when you are trying to help them and then you can say something! There are people who do abuse older people but it's not like that everywhere, didn't you read the recent story about the daughter that left her mom to rot after she died in her house for 8months before anyone found her???? And that wasn't in a nursing home! Britthaven isn't the best nursing home in the world but it's there and not everyone is like that who works there. So you need to get your facts straight before you start pointing fingers.
  • by Tina Location: Gville on Jan 5, 2010 at 07:41 PM
    Please do not categorize ALL CNA and Nurses to a few bad apples. Not all of the individuals working in nursing homes are crooks. I did it for many years and helped a lot of elderly people and learned about a lot from those same people too.. Also don't forget the CNA's have to take a lot of abuse too and they don't get paid that much either to do so. They get hit, bit, kicked, punched, beat on and beat up by residents in nursing homes. Especially the dementia patients who don't know any better and a few that do know better but just don't care. Trust me most of the individuals in the nursing homes don't have anything. The children, grandchildren or the office usually handles their money and or affairs. Working in a nursing home setting is one of the hardest jobs you can do in the field imho but it's also very rewarding to be able to help those that need help.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2010 at 02:50 PM
    To Sassymom- Do not generalize and say that all nursing home abuse their residents. If you put your Mom or Dad or both in a sorry nursing home and they were abused say so. Otherwise you are just yacking your jaws with generalizations. BORE ME.
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