Image of male nurse pushing senior woman in a wheelchair in nursing facility

More than 150 nursing home residents and 215 workers in Bridgeport, CT, will have to relocate after a local judge was forced to close the facility after it failed to overcome financial troubles. 

Bankruptcy Judge Ann Nevins ordered the closure of a Bridgeport Health Care Center this week, according to local media outlets.

“I do this with a heavy heart because I think there could have been other options,” Nevis reportedly said. “If other choices had been made by folks years ago.”

The federal government investigated the facility’s owner, Chaim Stern, on tax evasion allegations, and he was accused of funneling millions in pensions into his personal accounts, according to the report. The money was later returned and the entities are working on a settlement. 

The nursing home’s operations were set to be purchased, but “mounting costs” were too much and a buyer backed out.