A former Rhode Island nursing home owner was sentenced yesterday to 2 ½ years in prison and sentenced to pay $100,000.00 in fines and $780,539.00 in restitution for diverting money from his three nursing homes to his daughter’s business. The 2 ½ year sentence is six months more than the prosecutor recommended. While sentencing the former owner, the federal judge stated that his motivation was pure greed.
The Rhode Island nursing home was infamous and thankfully closed in 2004 when Providence Journal reported a case of horrendous nursing home abuse. A resident developed a life-threatening bed sore after being left for hours lying in her feces. Audits for the current case discovered that the three nursing homes had several million dollars in questionable payments to companies associated with the owner’s daughter, despite being in default on federally backed loans and struggling to pay its staff.