Settlement bans care home operator

June 11, 2008 9:10:51 AM PDT
A woman who operated four personal care homes in the Philadelphia area has been banned from operating such facilities.

Federal authorities on Tuesday announced a civil settlement with Rosalind Lavin, who ran homes in Philadelphia and Media.

The government alleges Lavin failed to provide safe and adequate care for residents of the homes.

Authorities also say Lavin misused federal assistance money that residents received from the government. Many residents were either physically or mentally disabled.

Three of the homes have already been shuttered, and one is in the process of closing.

Lavin did not admit wrongdoing in the settlement, but agreed to pay the government $700,000.