Julie and Douglass Mittleider have operated nursing homes in several states, including Georgia. Court records show complaints of inadequate care, including issues with mold, snakes, roaches and rodents. Residents have also complained of untreated bedsores and not getting enough food. The Mittleider’s have agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle allegations that for several years, they fraudulently billed Medicare and Medicaid by providing “effectively worthless services.”
In 2009, Massachusetts banned the Mittleiders from operating nursing homes in their state for 10 years. In Georgia, in 2015, a class action lawsuit against several defendants, including Douglass Mittleider, alleged the nursing home quit paying for employees’ health insurance, did not tell the employees, and kept deducting insurance premiums from their paychecks. Investigations have revealed that the Mittleiders have managed or operated more than 30 long-term care homes throughout the U.S., and that funds paid by Medicare and Medicaid were diverted to other entities, leaving several homes unable to pay for food and sufficient staff for its residents. Mr. Mittleider settled a wrongful death suit regarding Patrick Manning, who died of pressure sores, dehydration, and malnutrition.
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