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Owner Pleas Guilty in Nursing Home Neglect Case

The corporate owner of a Forest Park, Illinois nursing home pleaded guilty to felony gross neglect that resulted in the death of a long-term patient. The woman died at the Pavilion of Forest Park, owned by Forest Park LLC, in 2002. In September 2005, a Cook County grand jury indicated the company, along with its former medical director and wound-care physician. The woman lived at the home from May 2002 until her she died in September 2005. She was taken to the hospital where doctors diagnosed her with severe bed sores and tissue damage to the bone. Cook County Circuit Judge James Schreier ordered the company to pay a $25,000 fine and $75,000 in investigation and court costs for the nursing home negligence. The company also was sentenced to the maximum sentence of 30 months conditional discharge; however the nursing home had been sold to another company the past year. The charges began after the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Bureau and the Illinois state Police Medicaid Fraud Control Unit conducted an investigation. The case against the owner for elder abuse is still pending. To read the full story, click here.