FBI raids nursing home company headquarters, CEO's home

Federal agents reportedly raided the Indianapolis headquarters of nursing home operator American Senior Communities, as well as the home of its CEO, on Tuesday, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Agents from the FBI, the IRS, and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General reportedly went into the Carmel, IN, home of James G. Burkhart, the CEO of American Senior Communities, early Tuesday. Agents also were briefly spotted at the company's headquarters later in that morning, according to Indianapolis NBC affiliate WTHR.

In addition to FBI, IRS and OIG agents, people wearing jackets identifying them as part of the Medicare Fraud Control Unit were seen at both locations, according to Indianapolis FOX affiliate WXIN.

A spokeswoman for the FBI told the Indianapolis Star that the agency is conducting an investigation into criminal activity in the Carmel area but would not provide further details.

Burkhart is listed on the the Indiana Health Care Association's website as chairman of its board of directors. The association released a statement Tuesday saying it had learned of the investigation and would continue to monitor information as it became available.

“Right now, our most important priority is the care of the Hoosiers in our 330 member centers across the state,” the statement reads.

American Senior Communities had not responded to a McKnight's request for comment as of press time.

American Senior Communities operates nearly 100 skilled nursing facilities, hospice facilities and assisted living apartments in Indiana and Kentucky.