BALTIMORE — Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has announced the indictments of three individuals who each operated unlicensed assisted living facilities in Baltimore.
The investigation led by the Maryland Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland State Police found that in 2015 a corporation running five nursing homes in Maryland was unlawfully discharging or “dumping” their nursing home patients at unlicensed assisted living facilities in the Baltimore area. Officials say the corporation, known as Neiswanger Management Services settled with the state agreeing to stop running nursing facilities and pay $2.2 million to the State.
At the same time, the Organized Crime and Medicaid Fraud Control Units of the Criminal Division of the Maryland Office of the Attorney General started criminal investigations into the operators of the unlicensed assisted living facilities. The investigation revealed that the operators were abusing and neglecting the disabled residents in the facilities and were also financially exploiting them.
The state departments then conducted a search warrant at the facilities and discovered overcrowded homes, bad living conditions, including bed bugs and mice.
As a result, it was announced that 44-year-old Troy Desante Brown was indicted by the Grand Jury for Baltimore City and Baltimore County for allegedly operating unlicensed assisted living homes at 113 Allendale Street and 766 N. Grantley Street in Baltimore City. They say 52-year-old Sharon Prunella Isaac was also indicted by the Grand Jury for Baltimore City and Baltimore County for allegedly operating unlicensed assisted living homes at 6212 Norvo Road in Baltimore County, and 3905 W. Forest Park Avenue, 1010 Walnut Avenue, 2815 Ulman Avenue, 3727 Overview Road, 4009 Barrington Road, and 3908 Boarman Avenue in Baltimore City. And 60-year-old Barbara Jean Parker was indicted by the Grand Jury for Baltimore City and Baltimore County for allegedly operating an unlicensed assisted living home at 2817 Ulman Avenue.
“These individuals operated predatory, unlicensed facilities, compromising the health and safety of vulnerable residents who were in their care. The conditions endured by the residents were often dirty, unsanitary and infested by vermin, and the residents’ medical needs often went unaddressed," said Frosh.
Charges in the indictments include abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult, financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult, embezzlement, theft, fraud, and operating an assisting living facility without a license.