Board members who depleted home assets ordered to pay $13.1 million

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Two former board members of a closed nursing home in Flora, IN, have been ordered to pay $13.1 million for allegedly depleting the assets of the nonprofit home.

A Marion County judge ordered Dean Beckner to pay $10.3 million and Joseph Collins to pay $2.8 million, including triple damages and attorney fees, according to local reports.

Beckner, a former attorney, and Collins, a director of the former Brethren Health Care Corp., were accused of converting the home into a for-profit operation and exhausting its assets.

In 1994, the home, which was created by the Church of the Brethren in Ohio, was converted into a for-profit entity. At the time of the transaction, the nursing home's assets were worth at least $3 million, but by August 2001 the nursing home was unable to pay its food and utility bills, and staff paychecks bounced.

A state administrative law judge ordered the home to be closed after the judge found the 46 residents of the home to be in immediate jeopardy.

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