Officials said the former administrator of a Pennsylvania nursing home was indicted this week and accused of falsifying work records to meet staffing requirements during the Kovid-19 epidemic.
Susan Gilbert, 60, of Lawrence, was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury on charges of defrauding the United States, health care fraud and obstructing a federal audit, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania said.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement referring to the epidemic, “These crimes have already started COVIDs before providing a dangerously small number of nursing staff in the country.” is. One and a half million people in America
Gilbert allegedly committed the fraud at the Mount Lebanon Rehabilitation and Welfare Center from October 2018 to February 2020, according to court documents.
Prosecutors claim that nursing hours were inflated and the time sheet was incorrectly replaced, with people being given a watch for the shift in which they were not working, though to reveal that the facility had been inhabited by residents. Was providing more in direct care.
Online court records did not list an attorney for Gilbert on Thursday night. Messages left on a phone number that could be connected to it were not immediately returned. Arraignment is scheduled for March, court records show. Shapiro said the investigation was continuing.
In September, the Mount Lebanon facility and another Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center owned by the same company were discovered by federal and state authorities. Shapiro described Mount Lebanon as a nursing home for Brighton.
At the Brighton nursing home, hundreds of people were infected with Kovid-19, and according to health department data, more than 70 people died.
The owner of a part of the company that operates Brighton wrote in an op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this week that the deaths there were a tragedy, but the federal government provided damaging epidemiological guidance, and left the facility to himself On the given test.
“My employees, who have faced these burdens without the help or effective guidance of the federal government, are facing prosecution,” wrote Mordy Lahasky, part owner of Comprehensive Healthcare Management Services LLC.