Florida Nursing Home Owner Faces 60 Years in Prison on Abuse, Neglect ChargesOct 16, 2013
The owner of a Florida nursing home is facing a litany of charges, including abuse and neglect of residents.
The Gainesville (Fla.) Sun reports that Priscilla Johnson has been arrested and charged with neglect of a disabled adult, false imprisonment, aggravated abuse, and exploitation. Johnson was admitted to a local hospital because she was suffering from an illness at the time of her arrest but was expected to be booked soon afterward.
Johnson is facing the charges after authorities realized she was running an abusive and neglectful nursing home in Williston, Fla. Authorities with the Florida Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit as well as a local sheriff's office opened their investigation into Johnson's nursing home, which had about 10 residents at any time. The nursing home was designated mostly for military veterans, The Gainesville Sun reports.
The owner of the nursing home is accused of failing to provide some residents with beds. Additionally, Johnson is charged with false imprisonment because she allegedly handcuffed one resident to restrain them. She also faces general abuse and neglect charges. The Gainesville Sun also reports that Johnson withheld monetary allowances from her residents.
If she's convicted on all charges, including one first-degree felony, Johnson could spend up to 60 years in prison.