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.

The 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.

Robert 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. 


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