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Dawn Marie Lovik

Woman accused of stealing from seniors

A Medford woman is accused of stealing more than $28,000 in Medicaid funds from more than a dozen Southern Oregon seniors at the care facility where she worked.

Dawn Marie Lovik, 35, faces more than 20 felony charges alleging she embezzled Medicaid allowances meant for 15 seniors over the past year and a half, according to documents filed by Medford police in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Lovik, who worked as the activities director at Ridgeview Assisted Living between Jan. 1, 2017, and July 25, 2018, is accused of pocketing portions of Medicaid allowance checks sent to the seniors in the home, according to an affidavit filed by Medford police. Losses to the 15 victims totaled $28,313.58.

Most seniors at the home, located at 872 Golf View Drive, have their rent covered by Medicaid and a portion of their Social Security income. Because they lack assets and other income, Medicaid allows them Personal Incident Funds accounts with allowances of about $150 per month, which can be used to buy personal items and things like snacks.

Ridgeview employees would cash checks for the seniors’ PIF allowances as “representative payees,” and the cash would be kept in envelopes and dispersed to the residents when they requested it. Money was tracked with a ledger that employees and residents would sign after deposits and withdrawals.

An accounting of the ledgers, along with bank records, canceled checks and shopping receipts, prompted the investigation into Lovik, according to police, who say she stole the money in “several different ways.”

For checks that Lovik filled out for the residents, police believe she would inflate the amount and pocket the remainder. With checks filled out by other employees, Lovik would cash the check and fail to deposit the entirety into the resident’s account.

Lovik’s job required her at times to go to the bank for residents or do shopping for them, according to the affidavit.

“Sometimes Lovik would withdraw cash from the PIF accounts or go shopping for residents and not turn in receipts or deposit the change,” police say.

The affidavit includes a two-page ledger, alleging she took $810 between Jan. 1 and April 30 of 2017, $7,721 between May 1 and Aug. 31 of 2017, $9,438 between Sept. 1 and Jan. 31, and $10,343 between Feb. 1 and July 25.

Lovik was arraigned on 21 felony charges Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court, including 15 felony counts of first-degree criminal mistreatment and six felony counts of first-degree theft. At the hearing Judge Lisa Greif set bail at $250,000, and further ordered that Lovik not work in any type of care facility should she be released.

Medford police arrested Lovik Thursday afternoon on 100 criminal charges related to the case, Jackson County Jail records show. She remained lodged in jail as of Friday evening.

Lovik’s next court appearance is set for Sept. 7.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MTCrimeBeat.

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