Former Nursing Home Administrator Receives Two Year Prison Sentence

A woman once convicted of stealing from the nursing home she ran while patients were being neglected, will now go to prison for tax evasion. The 57-year-old was CEO, administrator and part owner of a nursing home which closed in 2005 after a raid by state and federal regulators uncovered severe neglect. Some patients were denied baths and clean bedding and one jumped to his death after staff failed to report to his doctors that he was threatening suicide.

While the neglect was occurring, authorities discovered that the owner was taking money from resident accounts and buying furniture, carpeting, jewelry, new cars, and event tickets. In all, police allege, she took over $1 million. She was also accused of spending money on vacations, wedding and honeymoon expenses and payments to the an exclusive yacht club.

A federal judge sentenced her to two years in prison last week after she pleaded guilty to a single count of tax evasion. After her release, she will serve three years of probation. In 2008, she pleaded guilty in Circuit Court to charges of theft and abuse of a patient causing physical harm, all felonies. She was sentenced to 15 months in the jail and ordered to pay back over $100,000.00.  In the tax evasion case, prosecutors alleged she took in about $642,000 in income in 2004 – $212,000 of which was paid salary with the remaining being from theft – but never filed a tax return. For more, read the story.

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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