5 of the seven deaths on the warehouse shelter have been thought of storm-related, state well being officers mentioned. In complete, greater than 800 residents have been taken to the ability forward of the storm.
A joint investigation by the lawyer normal’s Medicaid Fraud Management Unit (MFCU) and the Louisiana Bureau of Investigations (LBI) “revealed Dean refused to maneuver his residents out of the warehouse following Hurricane Ida, billed Medicaid for dates his residents weren’t receiving correct care, and engaged in conduct meant to intimidate or impede public well being officers and regulation enforcement,” the AG’s information launch mentioned.
Dean’s lawyer, John McClindon, advised CNN Wednesday Dean plans to plead not responsible to all expenses he is going through and mentioned Dean’s psychological well being will issue into the case.
“I do not assume it is any secret that Bob’s psychological well being goes to be a problem on this case,” McClindon mentioned. “Bob clearly has some cognitive impairments and did on the day of this incident.”
McClindon mentioned Landry knowledgeable him of an arrest warrant for Dean Monday and his shopper flew from Georgia to self-surrender. He made an preliminary court docket look in Louisiana Wednesday and was launched on $350,000 bond, McClindon mentioned.
McClindon known as the costs “very defensible” and mentioned “the proof will bear out finally.”
Residents stored in ‘unsafe, unsanitary, and unhealthy’ situations, officers mentioned
The nursing house residents have been taken to the warehouse in Independence, about 57 miles east of Baton Rouge, forward of Hurricane Ida’s landfall on August 29.
The state well being division mentioned it quickly began to listen to about deteriorating situations on the warehouse.
“Let’s be clear; there isn’t any emergency-preparedness plan that permits for residents to be stored in such an unsafe, unsanitary, and unhealthy situation,” Stephen Russo, director of authorized, audit and regulatory affairs for the well being division, mentioned final 12 months. “The shortage of satisfactory look after these residents is inhumane, and goes towards the foundations, rules, and relevant statutes.”
The seven services concerned had their licenses revoked and can’t repatriate or admit residents, officers mentioned on the time. The houses additionally had their Medicaid supplier agreements terminated, the well being division mentioned.
The Legal professional Normal’s Workplace investigation is ongoing and extra authorized motion could also be filed sooner or later, the Wednesday launch mentioned.
The subsequent court docket date for Dean has not been set, however McClindon mentioned it would almost definitely occur within the subsequent 60 days.
CNN’s Keith Allen, Rebekah Riess, Jason Hanna, Steve Almasy and Deanna Hackney contributed to this report.