One Personal Care Home Cited for Abuse, Negect and Theft of Nearly $500,000 in Federal Funds

A former personal care home director will be arraigned Tuesday on a 74-count indictment alleging the theft of federal and state funds totaling nearly $500,000. The money that was supposed to be used for the care of mentally disabled residents of the home, was instead spent on personal items including a diamond ring. The theft is thought to have begun as early as 2003 and involves the victims daughter, who is also being charged.

The charges against the director's daughter stem from her involvement in the company in 2009. The charges faced by the director and his daughter carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison and maximum fines of $100,000.

This is not the first time that this director has been under scrutiny for problems at the facility. Last June, He received a sentence of 12 months in jail in the 2007 assault of a resident. He was put on probation for two years on the condition he not have any contact with the rest home. In that case, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor reckless abuse of an adult, the attorney general's office said.

According to a citation issued to the facility, a resident suffered a concussion and ear laceration. The resident told investigators that the administrator smacked him on the face, hit him in the head with a rubber hammer and then, with another staff member, caused "him to fall into a file cabinet."

Also in 2007, under the same administration, the facility received a citation after a mentally ill resident  froze to death after wandering off from the facility. According to the citation, no one at the facility called police until 17 hours after staff had discovered that the resident was missing. 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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