New details about indicted nurses assistant; he’s also wanted by police in Florida and Blount County TN
SIGNAL MOUNTAIN, Tennessee (WDEF) – News 12 has obtained new information about a Dalton man who is at the center of multi-jurisdiction investigation.
Executives at Alexian Retirement Village in signal Mountain have confirmed to News 12 that Marcus Nix, 20, of Dalton had only worked there for 20 days as a certified nurses assistant.
According to Signal Mountain police, during that short time span, Nix managed to steal the identities of six elderly residents.
“He had access with being a certified nurses assistant to their rooms and their personal belongings and their drivers licenses and things of that nature,” said Signal Mountain Police Chief Mike Williams.
According to a 21-page indictment obtained by News 12, Nix used the stolen information to apply for credit cards and thousands of dollars worth of loans from various banks. Chief Williams told News 12 that Nix got caught by the banks when he became too greedy.
“He tried to do a bunch all at once and the credit card companies flagged it right away,” Williams said.
John Hanson is a San Antonio resident who traveled to Signal Mountain to visit his grandparents who both reside in the retirement village. Hanson was upset when he learned of the alleged crime that had occurred by an Alexian employee.
“It’s an atrocity that someone would take advantage of the elderly like that,” Williams said.
Chief Williams said he could only wonder what would have happened to the victims had the banks not red flagged the accounts.
“The debt would have mounted up . Nix had access to their checking and savings accounts. He could have cleaned them out,” Williams said.
Alexian executives issued this written statement that reads:
The evening of December 23 we were notified that an employee who was with us for 20 days may have had access to the restricted information of six patients. The police were immediately notified, and after a preliminary investigation the employee was terminated on morning of December 24.
We worked swiftly with local authorities to resolve this incident. The privacy and protection of our resident’s, patient’s and employee’s information is a matter we take very seriously and therefore we conduct extensive pre-employment screenings on any potential employee.
So that the handful of patients who were affected can have peace of mind we are providing credit monitoring and identity protection services to them free of charge.
Through the course of an intense investigation, Signal Mountain detectives learned that Alexian Retirement Village is not the only location where Nix is alleged to have committed a crime related to fraud. According to Chief Williams, there is a warrant for Nix’s arrest in Florida and Blount County Tennessee.
“And we just got contacted by Chattanooga Police earlier this week and they are interested in him on a couple of cases,” Williams said.
Signal Mountain police have also worked with authorities in Dalton Georgia to obtain Nix’s home computer. The computer has been sent off to a crime lab where investigators are currently checking to see if there are other local victims that police might not know about.
According to Hamilton County jailers, Nix remains behind bars on a $35,000 bond. So far, he’s facing 15 felonies in Hamilton County but police say more charges are pending.
Nix’s next court date is March 24.