Nursing Home Closed By Authorities After Drug Trafficking Front Revealed

A nursing home owner was charged with 11 counts of obtaining property by false pretense, three counts of financial card theft, three counts of trafficking opiates by delivery, two counts of conspiracy, ad one count each of obtaining controlled substance by fraud, trafficking opium or heroin by possession and trafficking opiates by sale. The owner was using patient’s debit cards to purchase drugs and gas money for her car. She also increased prescription amounts, but withheld the medication from patients, replacing Percocet with Tylenol to treat their pain and kept the prescription drugs for herself.

When investigators uncovered her crimes, they confiscated cocaine, oxycodone pills, and a straw-sized glass pipe for ingesting drugs. The nursing home was immediately closed with its patients relocated to other homes. A sister of one of the patients initially alerted authorities to the crimes by noting her sister’s improper debit card usage, and the lack of available pain pills when her prescription was not yet due to run out. 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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