Westchester Nursing Home, Owner, Plead Guilty to Stealing $400,000 in Medicaid Funding by Inadequately Caring for Residents

Ossining-based nursing home Chandler Care Center and its owner, Samuel Klein, plead guilty in September 2002 to stealing $400,000 in Medicaid funding and failing to employ sufficient staff to provide appropriate care for its residents.

The facility shut down in July 2001 after a Department of Health (DOH) inspection revealed that the facility, lacking air conditioning, was extremely hot and was infested with black flies. The DOH stated that the home placed its residents in “imminent jeopardy.”

Chandler Care Center pled guilty to unlawfully obtaining $400,000 from Medicaid by falsely reporting to the agency that the home provided adequate care to its residents.

The facility’s owner, Samuel Klein, pled guilty to Wlilful Violation of the Public Health Laws by failing to employ an appropriate number of staff to ensure that residents received necessary medications and treatments.

Eliot Spitzer, who was the Attorney General at the time, stated, “These prosecutions represent an important component of an enforcement strategy to protect nursing home residents. Nursing homes, which have cut costs to the point that proper and legal care is not provided and which endangers residents, will be held accountable.

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