Two former nursing home owners indicted for fraud

Two Massachusetts brothers and former owners of 5 nursing homes were recently indicted for nursing home neglect, Medicaid fraud, theft of nursing home patients’ personal funds, conspiracy to steal those funds, embezzlement of employee wage deductions intended for funding 401(k) retirement contributions, and embezzlement of life and disability insurance premiums. The facilities owned by the two brothers experienced frequent shortages of food, medicine, linens, and personal hygiene items, interruption of pest control services, and accumulation of medical waste due to nonpayment of vendors. At the same time, the brothers used nursing home assets to fund personal expenditures such as horse racing activities and luxury boat payments. The complaint alleges that the former owners owe more than $200,000 for back premiums and from $6 million to $12.5 million in federal taxes.

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