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Ex-nursing home administrator indicted on fraud charges

February 25, 2021 GMT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The former administrator of a western Pennsylvania nursing home directed staffers to falsify records to make it appear the facility met federal and state staffing requirements, according to federal prosecutors.

Susan Gilbert, 60, of Lawrence, was indicted Wednesday on charges of conspiracy, health care fraud and obstruction of a federal audit. She could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted, and it wasn’t known Thursday if she has retained an attorney.

Federal investigators say Gilbert, who worked at the Mt. Lebanon Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, and other conspirators deprived clients of patient care by using inflated nursing hours, falsified timecards and other schemes. They say the conspiracy ran from October 2018 to February 2020.

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The indictment, which was made public Thursday, comes nearly six months after FBI agents served a search warrant on the nursing home and the Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, both of which are owned by the same group, known as Comprehensive Healthcare.