The Arizona Attorney General’s office has brought fraud charges against a Tuscon nursing home owner. The Tuscon nursing home fraud case alleges that Jerone Davis scammed over a dozen nursing home residents out of their money.
According to reports from The Arizona Star’s Tuscon.com, fourteen elderly residents have been robbed of over $100,000 in fees that they had paid in advance for homes that could not accept them. In response to the accusations of his involvement in the Tuscon nursing home fraud allegations, Jerone Davis has entered a plea of not guilty and his case will proceed to trial.
Jerone Davis formerly ran more than a half dozen of the Rancho Verde facilities in Sahuarita, Casas Adobes, and the Tucson area, according to business and state records. The indictment has not specified which locations were involved in the alleged wrongdoing. This week, a grand jury indicted the 56-year-old on 14 counts of theft and one count of fraudulent schemes for his conduct while operating a chain of Rancho Verde Care Homes in 2017.
Though Davis maintains that he is innocent of any part of the Tuscon nursing home fraud, this is not the first time Davis’ homes have been in the limelight. In May 2017, two of Davis’ Sahuarita nursing homes were featured in the Sahuarita Sun which reported that residents were being removed by Arizona Adult Protective Services. Several workers from those same Sahuarita homes also claimed that Davis had failed to pay staff members for a significant period of time. Davis publicly denied both claims of wrongdoing, but public records feature five judgments against Davis from the Industrial Commission of Arizona’s labor department in 2017 for non-payment of employee wages.
Katie Conner, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, said that investigation into the Tuscon nursing home fraud case is ongoing and that agents with the state’s health care fraud and abuse section are working hard to obtain all relevant facts and witnesses to make a case against Davis. Davis himself is scheduled to appear before the courts on Dec. 13, 2019.
For more information about fraud and financial exploitation of nursing home residents, visit the National Association of Nursing Home Attorneys’ Financial Exploitation Page.