ALBANY, NY (WENY) – Tuesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that her office is suing a nursing home in Albion, New York, after conducting an extensive investigation.
The allegations state the Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center committed years of financial fraud and significant resident neglect and harm.
“These individuals took advantage of our most vulnerable. They took advantage of New Yorkers, their families, and their friends. They gave themselves millions while so many suffered at their hands,” said Attorney General Letitia James.
James added that the COVID-19 pandemic exaggerated the circumstances at the Orleans County nursing home. She also said they did not follow proper protocols in reporting positive cases, quarantining, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
The lawsuit claims that the owners of the Villages misused $18.6 million in government funds from Medicare and Medicaid. James said this litigation is about more than stopping Medicaid fraud.
“It is about the spouses, the siblings, the children, the families, and friends who watched their loved ones suffer while they fought to get answers. Residents who were stripped of their dignity,” said Attorney General Letitia James.
The lawsuit alleges that residents were subject to abuse and neglect, in which some circumstances resulted in hospitalization and even death.
Moving forward, the Attorney General’s office seeks to return funds lost in the alleged fraud scheme, to remove the defendants from their position of management, and to appoint new people to monitor roles for finances and health care.