The Lander County District Attorney’s Office was pleased to present Steve Larsgaard, president of the Agape Hospice and Palliative Care Board, a check for $10,000 in recently acquired restitution money.
Civil Legal Secretary Jeannie Falzone explained there was an individual who was prosecuted for embezzling funds from the last hospice that was forming who was caught, taken to court, found guilty and had to make restitution. “She did so in a timely manner and because of that, we are now able to give a grant to Agape Hospice and Palliative Care to help them to ensure our people are taken care of,” said Falzone. “The law does work, and we need to believe in it.”
Lander County District Attorney Ted Herrera said, “We received restitution for that case, but the care facility was no longer in existence, so we were holding the check in our trust fund because we had no place to give it. Mr. Larsgaard came in with Agape Care asking the county commissioners for a $7,000 grant. At that point in time, I stood and said we still have $10,000 in restitution from the last one, and this would be an ideal place to give the restitution. Mr. Forgeron did a lot of work on this case and we appreciate his work, we appreciate that Jeannie got this restitution and we are happy – our office is ecstatic – to be able to help Agape Care in developing their new care facility.”
Steve Larsgaard, speaking for Agape Care, said, “We are thrilled to receive the check. We’re in the final processes of licensing with the Nevada Bureau of Quality Care and we hope to be opening our doors in the next few months. This will go a long way in supporting our community. We are so appreciative.”
Lander County Chief Deputy District Attorney Hy Forgeron added, “I’m very happy that our prosecution efforts have ended up in something that is a benefit to our local community. This saves the taxpayers some dollars.”