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AG's Medicaid Fraud Unit makes unannounced visit to Sodus Rehab and Nursing Center

March 08, 2019 06:29 PM

SODUS, N.Y. (WHEC) -- A team of state investigators showed up unannounced at a troubled nursing home at the center of a year-long News10NBC investigation.

Investigators with both the NYS Attorney General's Office and the NYS Department of Health have been inside Sodus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center since Thursday evening.

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Sources tipped off News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke about the unannounced visits and on-going investigation.  

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Tish James will only confirm that investigators from the AG's office responded to Sodus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. She will not comment any further on the nature of the investigation or what, specifically, they are looking into.

Sources tell News10NBC that the investigators have been speaking with administration, interviewing nurses and CNAs and reviewing payroll and scheduling information.

Investigators from the Department of Health, the agency tasked with regularly inspecting the facility, have also been inside over the last few days.   

The unannounced visits come on the heels of a series of News10NBC investigative stories about the conditions and patient care inside Sodus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

In our most recent story, we showed you a local man with such bad bedsores he had to be transported to the hospital to prevent a life-threatening infection.   

Last week, News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke sent her 10 most recent stories about the facility directly to Gov. Cuomo and Attorney General Tish James' office.

The state lawmakers that represent Sodus are also raising a red flag.  

"People have reached out to me with concerns about their loved ones and we know the Department of Health is aware of the situation…I have contacted DOH and urged a rapid, thorough look to make sure people are safe at this time," Assemblyman Brian Manktelow tells News10NBC. 

Senator Pam Helming echoes the concerns saying, "I have been in contact with the New York State Department of Health to ask for assistance with this situation. There should be consequences for the owners of facilities who flout the law and allow these conditions to exist."

News10NBC reached out to the administrator of Sodus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Judson MacCaull.

He did not return our message.    

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