New York’s top prosecutor accused the owners of a Rochester-area nursing home of stealing $18.6 million in government funds as residents at the understaffed facility suffered years of neglect, culminating in preventable COVID-19 deaths.
Attorney General Letitia James on Tuesday announced her office’s lawsuit against Comprehensive at Orleans LLC, doing business as The Villages of Orleans Health and Rehabilitation Center in Albion, Orleans County.
The alleged scheme involved the nursing home’s owners illegally funneling Medicaid and Medicare funds to other companies they owned, rather than using those taxpayer-supported funds for the intended purposes of staffing and patient care.
Amid the alleged theft, which began in 2015, workers and residents at the facility faced unhealthy and unsafe conditions, James said during a briefing in Buffalo, detailing complaints of residents being riddled with bed sores, malnourished, and left unattended for hours in soiled diapers.
“Residents were neglected and routinely subjected to inhumane treatment,” James said, calling the conditions the worst she has seen.