The former owner and former manager of a nursing home in the town of Otsego are both facing several endangerment charges.
The Daily Star in Oneonta reports that the former owner of what is now called Centers Healthcare, Joseph Zupnik, and former manager Daniel Herman are each charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person. Two of those counts are felony charges.
Zupnik, who bought the former Focus Otsego facility in 2014, cut staff and payroll to the point that residents were at risk of harm, according to a criminal complaint filed last month. Herman was the manager at Focus Otsego at the time.
NEWSChannel 2 spoke with Zupnik’s attorney on Friday and he confirmed the charges. He also said the home was facing millions of dollars in losses, and that his client was unaware of the alleged staffing issues.
The facility was purchased by a new ownership group, Centers Healthcare, in January of this year. The new owners are not named in the criminal complaint.
AllOtsego.com reports that if a guilty plea is not agreed upon by July 18, a conference will be held to determine if the case will be turned over to a grand jury.
We have reached out to the New York State Attorney General’s Office for additional information, but our calls have not been returned.
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