Monday, March 09, 2015

Valley Springs Manor Owners charged with Elder Abuse

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA  –  Valley Springs Manor owner Herminigilda Noveda Manuel and administrator Edgar Babael were charged today with fourteen felony counts of elder abuse for abandoning the residents of their facility, according to the California Attorney Generals office.

Manuel and Babael operated Valley Springs Manor, a residential care facility for the elderly that was ordered closed in October 2013 after the Department of Social Services found multiple licensing violations. After the closure, paramedics arrived at the facility and found fourteen residents had been abandoned by the operators with no personnel to tend to their activities of daily living and medical needs. Both defendants are charged with fourteen felony counts and could face up to 17 years in state prison and a fine of up to $6,000 per count.

This case arose from a joint investigation by the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse (BMFEA) and the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office.  

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