NY nursing home goes to court over alleged abuse cover-up

Employees of a New York nursing home, including its owner and a nursing home administrator, appeared in court last week on allegations that they covered up resident abuse and neglect.

Four employees of MVNH Associates LLC, which operates the Mohawk Valley Health Care Center in Ilion, NY, are accused in a 45-count indictment that includes charges of conspiracy, willful violation of health laws, eavesdropping, felony tampering with physical evidence, falsifying business records and forgery.

The employees — owners Gerald and Justin Wood, nursing home administrator John Pendergast and director of nursing Nicolle Wagner Stinson — were arrested in May after an investigation into abuse allegations at the facility.

The investigation was spurred by two incidents that allegedly took place in May 2013. The first involved a medication error that went allegedly went unnoticed for several days, while the second involved a resident with dementia who allegedly engaged in unlawful sexual conduct toward another resident in an unsupervised dining room.

Separate court hearings for the employees are scheduled for late August.