Special agents with the State Attorney General’s office, converged on a local nursing home Tuesday.
The agents served a search warrant, at Saint Mary’s Home East. This search warrant comes at the same time the Attorney General’s office is investigating 25 Golden Living Center facilities, across the state. About 2 months ago, the AG’s office filed the lawsuit, which includes the Golden Living Western Reserve facility, on west 54th street, in Millcreek. The suit alleges the facilities failed to provide basic services, to elderly and vulnerable residents.
Reports of nursing home abuse and neglect across Pennsylvania, sparked the formation of a state-wide task force, just last month. The Nursing Home Quality Improvement Task Force investigates allegations of senior mistreatment.
At the same time in an unrelated matter, the FBI raided the residence of a nursing home CEO in Indiana. As reported by USA Today,
A cadre of agents, including personnel from the FBI, IRS and the Office of the Inspector General, raided the home of an executive of a chain of nursing homes Tuesday morning. The home is owned by James G. Burkhart, the CEO of American Senior Communities, according to Hamilton County property records. An FBI truck was parked in the front drive of the red-brick, 9,000-square-foot house in the Claybridge at Springmill subdivision of million-dollar homes. A Carmel Police Department vehicle sat in front of the home. Investigators from multiple agencies, including the FBI, Office of the Inspector General and the Internal Revenue Service, worked inside and outside of the home, carrying papers and folders between the residence and the truck late Tuesday morning.
American Senior Communities has nearly 100 facilities, with many located in Central Indiana. The company’s frequent television ads salute the accomplishments of elderly nursing home residents. n 2010, American Senior Communities agreed to pay $376,432 in penalties to settle a complaint that it employed seven workers who were ineligible under federal rules for reasons including the loss of licenses and a criminal conviction.