Center where a 29-year-old woman was raped in a vegetative state and a baby years ago faced with a criminal probe after they "mistakenly charged the state of Arizona & # 39; for $ 4 million in costs
- Regulators of the government reportedly wanted to remove developmentally disabled people from Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix years ago
- Hacienda HealthCare was confronted with a criminal investigation in 2016
- The facility reportedly billed the state for $ 4 million in fake spending on wages, transportation, household, maintenance and supplies.
- A woman in a vegetative state gave birth last month in the institution for long-term care
- The woman, a member of the San Carlos Apache tribe, nearly drowned more than a decade ago
- The Arizona police have since received a search warrant to remove DNA from the medical facility of male employees
Regulators wanted to remove developmentally disabled patients from a Phoenix institution for long-term care before a woman in a vegetative state gave birth, the largest newspaper in Arizona said Sunday.
The Republic of Arizona reported that Hacienda HealthCare had to deal with a criminal investigation in 2016 because it allegedly billed the state more than $ 4 million for fake spending in 2014 on wages, transportation, housekeeping, maintenance and supplies.
The criminal case was rejected in 2017 and no accusations were filed, the Republic said, but a lawsuit is being continued in an attempt to force Hacienda to revise the financial administration.
Regulators of the government reportedly wanted to remove developmentally disabled patients from Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix, a long-term care facility before a woman gave birth to a vegetative state.
Despite a criminal investigation into general practices, the Phoenix police officers who visit the residents of the home around the time of the holiday in 2014 are shown here.
Members of the Phoenix police would regularly visit the property during the holidays
The Phoenix police have said that the 29-year-old woman has been sexually abused since the age of 3 and gave birth last month.
Researchers collect DNA from male workers from Hacienda and others who may have had contact with the woman in an attempt to identify a suspect.
The woman's family said in a statement through their lawyer that they would take care of the baby boy and ask for privacy.
The revelation that a woman in a vegetative state was raped within a health care institution has horrified the proponents of people with disabilities and the community in general.
Hacienda HealthCare & # 39; s CEO William Timmons resigned on December 31, when the provider announced new security measures, including more than one employee present during interactions with patients and more attention to visitors.
The woman was a registered member of the San Carlos Apache tribe, whose reservation in the southeast of Arizona is approximately 134 miles east of Phoenix. Members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe can be seen on a Facebook photo of 2014
Government Doug Ducey, a Republican, said his office is considering engaging a third party to take responsibility for the ongoing management of Hacienda.
The non-profit facility annually receives more than $ 20 million in tax money for taking care of extremely ill people, many of whom are incapacitated for work and on fans, the Republic reported.
Hacienda's annual average healthcare costs were $ 386,000 per customer in 2012, compared with $ 134,000 per customer in similar facilities in the US, Arizona Department of Economic Security auditors said.
The Republic said that the former director of economic security, Timothy Jeffries, and the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the agency, Charles Loftus, both filed a lawsuit against the state and claim that they were expelled from their jobs because of their probe on Hacienda.
Hacienda CEO Bill Timmons stopped last week in the light of the news
San Carlos Apache Tribal chairman Terry Rambler
Jeffries was forced to resign in 2016 after a series of controversies, including a finding by the Arizona Public Security Department that the department had poor administration, had unsafe storage of weapons and ammunition, and violated public procurement policies by buy 60,000 ammunition rounds.
Jeffries filed a complaint against the state in 2017 about what he claims is libel in a police report describing a stock of weapons and ammunition that is kept in the agencies' offices. He claims that statements in the DPS audit were false and that there were malicious motives in the report.
The Republic quoted Jeffries by saying that Timmons was persistent during the investigation into Hacienda and bragged about close ties with Ducey.
Ducey spokeswoman Elizabeth Berry said the governor was shocked by the accusations of the rape and denied that the state did not respond to concerns from the economic security department.
She also said that Hacienda played no part in the forced resignation of Jeffries and Loftus after their two-year term.