2 Pennsylvania nursing homes charged with health care fraud


PITTSBURGH, AP — Officials at two skilled nursing facilities in western Pennsylvania fabricated logs of staff time and resident conditions to defraud state and federal agencies, prosecutors alleged Tuesday, announcing charges. criminal charges.

Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver and Mount Lebanon Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Allegheny County have been charged with health care fraud, along with five people who run their operations.

A grand jury indictment alleges nurses were asked to clock in for shifts they weren’t working and that clock cards were provided to the state, and assessments of residents’ conditions have been modified to benefit from a higher government reimbursement.

Among the defendants are Sam Halper, 39, of Miami, general manager and partial owner of the homes. He was charged with conspiracy and falsifying medical records. Charges were filed and made public more than a year ago against Susan Gilbert, 61, of Lawrence, the former administrator of the Mount Lebanon facility.

Messages seeking comment were left for attorneys for Halper and Gilbert. The docket did not mention facility attorneys and the other three defendants.

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