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Former Montevideo nursing home administrator pleads guilty

Tamara Borstad

MONTEVIDEO, Minn. – The former administrator of the Luther Haven nursing home in Montevideo pleaded guilty to felony theft and will be required to make restitution of $41,809.79.

Tamara Noel Borstad, 46, of Appleton, is accused of using the nursing home’s credit cards and taking cash from its safe to use for gambling. She entered her plea Monday, Nov. 27, in Chippewa County District Court in Montevideo and was sentenced under terms of a plea agreement.

The court ordered 150 days in jail, but stayed the jail sentence for 10 years and ordered her to serve probation for that 10-year period. The court granted a stay of imposition, under which a felony conviction may be eligible to be reduced to a misdemeanor if the defendant complies with all terms of probation.

The court ordered her to make restitution totaling $41,809.79 as well as pay fines and fees of $1,075. She must make monthly restitution payments of $750 until the amount is paid in full.

The court can order her to serve the jail time if she fails to make the payments.

Court records show that restitution would include $12,940.59 for unauthorized credit card usage and $25,872 for cash. The restitution would also include $1,785 for an auditor’s fees and $1,212 for an accountant’s time. The nursing home’s net losses were $16,809.79. Its insurance provider would receive $25,000 in restitution.   

Borstad began serving as Luther Haven’s administrator in November 2017, and was terminated in June. The financial losses were discovered by the nursing home’s accountant. Borstad had allegedly used the credits cards and cash at three different casinos.

When questioned about the transactions, Borstad allegedly told a Montevideo police officer that she had a very serious gambling addiction.

Tom Cherveny

Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.

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