Unlicensed Operator of Personal Care Home Had 15 Residents in a Three-Bedroom Home

A personal-care home operator has been convicted of neglect and operating without a license. The state's Attorney General announced that the operator pleaded guilty to 15 counts of misdemeanor neglect of vulnerable persons in her care and a single count of operating without a license earlier this month.

The operator was sentenced to one year imprisonment, a $10,000 fine and court costs of $289. She was immediately taken into custody. The Judge ordered for the Health Department to relocate the residents to appropriately licensed facilities. The facility was operated out of a three-bedroom house; however, when investigators went to the address, they found 16 individuals living at the residence.

All of the residents suffered from various mental health diagnoses and had been forcibly locked in the home without ability to escape in the event of an emergency. Investigators also determined that they were often left unattended for long periods of time.  The operator of the home was unlicensed and had been issued cease and desist orders by the Department of Health on two occasions prior to the investigation. 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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