Federal Prosecutors File Lawsuit Against Two Watsonville Nursing Homes Over Alleged Fraud, Patient Abuse
On Friday, U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag's office filed a civil False Claims Act complaint against the owners, operators and managers of two Watsonville nursing homes, alleging abuse and Medicare fraud. The complaint against Country Villa Watsonville East Nursing Center and County Villa Watsonville West Nursing Center alleges that between 2007 and 2012 the facilities submitted false Medicare claims and "persistently and severely overmedicated elderly and vulnerable residents of the nursing homes."
- "Federal Prosecutors Sue Owners of Watsonville Nursing Home for Fraud, Overmedication" (Baxter, Santa Cruz Sentinel, 9/2).
- "Feds: Watsonville Nursing Homes 'Persistently and Severely' Overmedicated Residents" (Pasko/Schwartz, Central Coast News KION, 9/2).