Assisted Living Facility Owners Arrested for Operating Facilities Without Licenses
Two former owners and operators
of assisted living facilities were arrested for
failing to get the required licenses to operate the facilities.
arrests came after an investigation by the state's Medicaid
Fraud Control Unit and law enforcement officers with the unit arrested
the two sisters, ages 36 and 38, on Tuesday.
The sisters were charged with a third-degree felony of one count of
operating and/or maintaining an assisted living facility without a
license. They face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine if
found guilty during their upcoming trial.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit's Patient Abuse, Neglect
and Exploitation (PANE) team investigated the sisters who owned
and operated two facilities. Investigators
determined that the sisters were operating the facilities without the
appropriate state licenses.
However, several physicians and clinic owners told
investigators that the sisters were advertising their facilities as
being licensed so more physicians would refer clients. And those
physicians and clinic owners also told investigators that if they had
known the facilities were not licensed that they would not have placed
their patients there. For more, read the story.
When you are faced with entering an assisted living facility, it is important to verify that the facility is licensed. You can also get information about any past problems with the facility from the licensing authorities. You should visit the proposed facility during different times of the day and talk to existing residents and their families about the care they are receiving.
W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated
to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted
living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg,
Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.
Posted on Fri, April 3, 2009
by Robert Carter