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Former owner, manager of Otsego nursing home sentenced in endangerment case

Joseph Zupnik and Daniel Herman (Photos courtesy AllOtsego.com)

The former owner and manager of the Focus Otsego nursing home will have to pay fines and do community service for their part in endangering an elderly resident.

Posted: Oct. 11, 2018 10:00 AM
Updated: Oct. 11, 2018 10:00 AM

The former owner and manager of the Focus Otsego nursing home – which is now Centers Home Health Care under new ownership – will have to pay fines and do community service for their part in endangering an elderly resident, according to AllOtsego.com.

Joseph Zupnik, the former owner and operator, and Daniel Herman, the former high managerial agent, appeared in Otsego Town Court on Wednesday. Last month, the two men pleaded guilty to second-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person after failing to provide sufficient staff that could provide the necessary care to a 94-year-old resident who was left in a recliner for approximately 41 hours in 2016.

Zupnik and Herman have each been fined $1,000 and they will each have to serve 250 hours of community service, according to AllOtsego.com. They will also have to split a $1 million fine imposed by the state Attorney General’s Office.

Zupnik lives in Rockland County and Herman lives in New Jersey, and their lawyers asked for 40 hours of community service to be done near their homes, but the judge recommended 250 hours to be served in Otsego County instead.

The corporation that operated the former Focus Otsego nursing home, CCRN, also pleaded guilty last month to one count of felony endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled individual.

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