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Lackawanna nursing home worker accused of failing to give medication

A licensed practical nurse at a Lackawanna nursing home is accused of failing to administer medication to four residents last year and then falsifying their records to indicate the medication had been dispensed, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Wednesday.

Christine Peckey, 59, of Buffalo was charged with four counts of first-degree falsifying business records, a class E felony, and four counts of willful violation of health laws, a misdemeanor. The felony charge carries a maximum prison term of four years.

Schneiderman said Peckey failed to administer the medication to four residents of Mercy Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility at OLV on July 28. Other staffers noticed on July 29 that the medication was still sealed in its blister pack, Schneiderman said in a news release.

Peckey allegedly signed her initials on the patients’ Medication Administration Records indicating she had given the medication, according to the release.

Peckey was arraigned in Lackawanna City Court and entered a not guilty plea before Judge Frederic J. Marrano. She was released on her own recognizance and is due back in court on June 17.