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Texas lawyer, Gary Trebert, 57, is facing up to 10 years in
prison and is expected to be sentenced next month on
charges of fraud. Co-defendant Stephen Ewing is scheduled
for sentencing July 30. Another defendant, Larry May, has
begun serving a four-year prison term.
These Executives who
took over management of a troubled chain of nursing homes
have been convicted of defrauding the nation’s taxpayers of $34
According to court records, the executives diverted other money
that could have paid for improved care and supervision of 6,000
seniors living in the company’s 70 nursing homes. Instead, the
money was used to pay for luxury cars for the executives, antiques,
monthly trips to England and Australia, and shopping trips to the
Gap, Saks Fifth Avenue and Wal-Mart.
The executives had been brought in because of the history of
problems with the quality of care provided to residents of the
chain’s nursing homes.
But conditions at many of those facilities
only grew worse.
Man burned to death while sitting in his wheelchair
George Baker Jr. was 54 years old when he burned to death.
In November 2004, one of the CLC University caregivers was
accused of willful neglect for deliberately leaving a dying man to
lie in his own feces and urine for three hours.
One year later, a Des Moines hospital complained that another
resident of the home had been left sitting in urine and excrement
so long that his skin had sloughed off.
In August 2005, the company’s
Norwalk nursing home was cited for failing to report a worker’s
theft of $1,037 from a resident. The worker was eventually arrested
for forging checks she had stolen from the resident.
In July 2006,
the home in Jefferson was cited for repeatedly failing to protect
residents from physical abuse and threats.
The seven Iowa homes once run by Trebert, Ewing and May are
now managed by another Texas company, Preferred Care Inc.
Adapted from the Des Moines Register