The state attorney general’s office arrested nursing home magnate Bob Dean on felony counts of cruelty to persons with infirmities, Medicaid fraud and obstruction of justice.
Dean was booked in the Tangipahoa Parish Prison.
Dean, who owns seven nursing homes in Louisiana, evacuated all the residents to a warehouse in Independence before Hurricane Ida in August 2021.
The arrest comes after a joint investigation by the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) and the Louisiana Bureau of Investigations (LBI) revealed Dean refused to move the nursing home residents out of the warehouse after the hurricane.
He also billed Medicaid for dates the residents were not getting proper care. Dean was accused of intimidating or obstructing public health officials and law enforcement.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Inspector General assisted the MFCU and LBI. The attorney general’s office is still investigating the matter and additional legal action could be filed in the future.
A week after the incident, the Louisiana Department of Health revoked the nursing homes’ licenses and the Medicaid provider agreements were terminated.
The seven nursing homes include:
- River Palms Nursing and Rehab, Orleans Parish
- South Lafourche Nursing and Rehab, Lafourche Parish
- Maison Orleans Healthcare Center, Orleans Parish
- Park Place Healthcare Nursing Home, Jefferson Parish
- West Jefferson Health Care Center, Jefferson Parish
- Maison De Ville Nursing Home, Terrebonne Parish
- Maison Deville Nursing Home of Harvey, Jefferson Parish