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Authorities: Manager stole from nursing home

Posted January 5, 2010

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— A maintenance director at a Goldsboro nursing home has been charged with stealing equipment from the facility, authorities said Tuesday.

Brenard Keith Upchurch, 48, of 988 Herring Road in Dudley, was charged with felony conversion.

Upchurch was named maintenance director at Britthaven of Goldsboro in October, and supervisors at the facility recently noticed some maintenance equipment was missing. Goldsboro County Sheriff's Office investigators said the equipment had been sold at a local pawnshop.

Some of the stolen items have been recovered, authorities said.

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  • krisandbruiser Jan 5, 2010

    I have been aquainted with this individual in the past. I find it hard to believe he stole from his employer, but, circumstances and people change. My prayers are with him.

  • jkca Jan 5, 2010

    some people just steal because they've always stolen. I know for a fact that maintanence directors make way more than $10 an hour.

  • Mom2two Jan 5, 2010

    so hard to get good help these days

  • north 501 Jan 5, 2010

    I used to be a Maintenance Manager at a nursing home and made a good deal more than $10 an hour. I did not steal from the company though it would've been fairly easy to do. Nursing homes are definitely a growth industry now and can be lucrative, but you would have to look pretty hard to find anyone at any level who is making 200 grand a year (aside from maybe the owner).

  • beachboater Jan 5, 2010

    "I'm not defending his actions, but people need to realize that the workers in nursing homes are NOT paid a living wage. This guy was probably trying to support himself and his family by working for under $10 / hour,.....upper management in the corporate offices enjoy their $200,000 annual salaries in exchange for making sure the medicare paperwork is filled out."
    commonsensical

    If he couldn't live on what he was paid, he should not have taken the job. As far as the upper management salaries, well, maybe they have a college degree and have specialized knowledge. Remember, the paperwork has to be done to collect the revenue. Clean floors doesn't generate the revenue.

  • Brogden Jan 5, 2010

    NCStatePack - it says the manager "stole" - not that the manager was "stolen"
    This time, WRAL editing got it right!
    Wonder if that will pass the censor?

  • Brogden Jan 5, 2010

    So everyone making $10 or less per hour can be expected to steal from their employer?

  • commonsensical Jan 5, 2010

    I'm not defending his actions, but people need to realize that the workers in nursing homes are NOT paid a living wage. This guy was probably trying to support himself and his family by working for under $10 / hour, while the upper management in the corporate offices enjoy their $200,000 annual salaries in exchange for making sure the medicare paperwork is filled out.

  • mramorak Jan 5, 2010

    What a fool!

  • garnertoy Jan 5, 2010

    those beadie eyes should tell you something lol

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