|August 11, 2016
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office today arrested Gail Victor, 64, the owner of an assisted living facility for aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person by culpable negligence.
According to the investigation, an 80-year-old victim developed pressure ulcers on her buttocks, hips, sacrum and heels while under care at Bernadette’s ALF, located in Hallendale Beach. Victor, a licensed practical nurse, failed to adequately treat the victim’s ulcers, falsified nursing notes and did not properly document the size and stage of the ulcers. In addition, Victor concealed the extent and severity of the ulcers from others involved in the victim’s care. Over the course of several months the victim’s condition worsened, resulting in the victim being transported by emergency medical personnel to Aventura Hospital. Eight days following transportation to Aventura Hospital, the victim died as a result of cardio respiratory arrest, sepsis, and osteomyelitis. Victor has subsequently relinquished her license to the Department of Health.
The defendant faces one count of aggravated manslaughter of an elderly person by culpable negligence, a first degree felony. If convicted, the defendant faces up to 30 years in prison. The State Attorney’s Office for the 17th Judicial Circuit is prosecuting the case.
The Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigates the abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly, ill and disabled residents of long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, facilities for the mentally and physically disabled and assisted care living facilities that receive Medicaid payments.