Neglect in an Assisted Living Facility Operated Without a License

State officials have arrested a couple on charges that they operated an assisted living facility without a license and neglected the facility's residents, according to the state Attorney General's Office. The couple was taken into custody by officers of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with assistance from the County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said the woman had been licensed to operate an adult family care home in April of 2007, but was forced to relinquished that license and was ordered not to apply for another license for four years. According to the Attorney General's Office, residents at the facility "were often left unattended for long periods of time and were medically neglected."

The individuals have each been charged with a single count of operating an assisted living facility without a license and two counts of neglect of an elderly or disabled adult, which are both third-degree felonies. If convicted of all counts, they each face up to 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine. For more, read the story.

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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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