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Nursing Home Operator Gets a 6-Month Sentence

October 06, 2001|From Times Staff Reports

A San Fernando Valley nursing home operator was sentenced Friday to six months in jail for abusing elderly clients.

Perla Nunez, 40, of Upland is also barred from running a nursing home for three years. She pleaded no contest to charges that the Ambassador Care residential center in Tujunga violated health and safety codes and lacked adequate food for residents.

She will serve the time concurrently with a two-year federal prison term for Medicare fraud.

The state revoked her license and ordered the 48-bed facility closed in January 1999, but Nunez kept it open.

Months later, inspectors found bedrooms smelling of urine and feces, bloodstained sinks and cockroach infestations.

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