Widespread Fraud in Connecticut Nursing Homes

Connecticut-based Haven Healthcare was apparently more a den of thieves than a home for the sick and elderly. Several of the top officers of what was once one of the largest nursing home operators in the state have been convicted of healthcare fraud, including Raymond Termini, the former CEO of Haven Healthcare; Fred Dalicandro, the former Director of Cash Management of Haven Healthcare, and Kimberly Boccacio, the former administrator of Haven Health Center of Jewett City.

Last week, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut announced the latest conviction: Regional Accounts Receivable Manager, Serena Sylvia, pleaded guilty to healthcare fraud and embezzlement. According to court documents and statements made in court:

From 2005 to 2008, Sylvia embezzled funds from nursing home resident trust fund accounts. The nursing homes affected by SYLVIA’s embezzlement include Haven Health Center of Jewett City, Haven Health Center of Norwich, Haven Health Center of Waterford, and Haven Health Center of Soundview in West Haven. As part of her plea, SYLVIA admitted taking more than $53,000 from the trust fund accounts, and admitted that she did not pay income tax on the money she stole.

According to other reports, the large nursing home operator has had financial difficulties and problems with patient care for years.

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