Cover-Up Alleged Regarding Incidents Of Nursing Home Abuse And Neglect

One aspect of nursing home abuse and neglect cases that sometimes arises is efforts to “cover up” or otherwise conceal such incidents of neglect and abuse after they occur.  The nursing home owners and/or operators may attempt to “cover up” such incidents as they fear lawsuits over such incidents that involve negligence.  As well, depending upon the incidents, criminal charges may possibly stem from such acts of abuse and neglect.

On May 7, 2015, the New York Attorney General announced charges stemming from various acts of alleged nursing home abuse, as well as alleged acts of attempts to “cover up” such incidents.

The media release is titled “A.G. Schneiderman Announces Charges Against Owners & Other Top Officials At Mohawk Valley Nursing Home Over Allegations Of Covering-Up Resident Abuse And Neglect.”

Two excerpts from the release:

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the indictments and arrests of the owners and top managers of Mohawk Valley Health Care Center, a nursing home in Ilion, New York. Owners Gerald “Jerry” Wood III and Justin Wood, licensed Nursing Home Administrator John Prendergast, and Director of Nursing Nicolle Wagner Stinson, RN, were arraigned today in Herkimer County Court before Judge John Crandall. The 45 count indictment alleges crimes arising from the suppression of two incidents of patient abuse and neglect, and related charges of falsifying records; not all defendants are charged with every crime alleged in the indictment, except for the corporation, MVNH Associates, LLC, d/b/a Mohawk Valley Health Care Center.


The indictment details allegations arising from two apparent incidents that took place in May, 2013, and an alleged cover-up of the two incidents. The first alleged incident involved a serious medication error that went unnoticed for several days. The second alleged incident involved a resident suffering from dementia engaging in unlawful sexual conduct towards another resident in an unsupervised dining room. When these incidents came to light, it is alleged that owner Gerald “Jerry” Wood III criminally eavesdropped on investigators from the Attorney General’s Office while they were conducting an interview with a nursing home employee about the incidents. The indictment also alleges a conspiracy involving facility part-owner and technical manager Justin Wood and other defendants destroying electronic evidence of the alleged events.

Additional details can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the media release mentioned above as well as the July 30 article titled “Ilion nursing home employees appear in court over alleged cover-ups.”


Should someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect or a nursing home accident – or suffer an injury at a similar health care facility such as an assisted living facility, retirement home, skilled nursing facility (SNF) or hospital – please contact the Elman Joseph Law Group at (773) 392-8182 to discuss the situation and to see if filing an injury lawsuit is warranted.  This no-obligation legal consultation is free and confidential.   

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