Sunwest Management Exonerated: Medi-Cal Fraud Unit Closes its Two Year Investigation

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Sunwest Management was informed by The California Justice Department, Bureau of Medi -Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse (BMFEA) that no grounds for civil or criminal liability were found at Meadowlark Assisted Living Facility in Yreka, CA or Paragon Gardens Assisted Living Facility in Mission Viejo, CA. CASE CLOSED.

The BMFEA has closed its investigations concerning Meadowlark and Paragon Gardens. BMFEA has decided that it will not file a criminal or civil action against Sunwest or any employee for known incidents to date concerning Meadowlark or Paragon Gardens.

Sunwest Management began the new year on a high note. In late December 2007 Sunwest received written notification that the highly publicized investigation of Meadowlark and Paragon Gardens was closed by BMFEA and the management of those communities had withstood the in-depth scrutiny of the California Department of Justice.

In August of 2005, BMFEA opened an investigation into Sunwest Management and Meadowlark Assisted Living. The investigation was highly publicized in the media. In 2007, BMFEA opened a second investigation into Paragon Gardens Assisted Living focusing on a single resident.

The leaders of Sunwest held the belief that after the thorough investigation, which BMFEA conducted over a two year period, the company would be exonerated.

In late December 2007 Sunwest received a letter from the Deputy Attorney General for BMFEA confirming that expectation. The letter stated that, "The BMFEA has closed its investigations concerning Meadowlark and Paragon Gardens. BMFEA has decided that it will not file a criminal or civil action against Sunwest or any employee for known incidents to date concerning Meadowlark or Paragon Gardens."

When asked for a comment, Jon Harder, Chief Executive Officer of Sunwest responded by saying, "We are very excited to receive this notice from BMFEA. Throughout this investigation our desire has been to cooperate with BMFEA so they could resolve their questions and reach the resolution we were notified of in December." Mr. Harder went on to add, "I truly appreciate everyone's hard work and positive attitude during this process. This is just another step in the right direction for Sunwest that allows us to continue to focus on our main goal, providing quality care and services for our residents."

Sunwest Management, Inc. is a Salem, Oregon based company founded in 1991 to provide professional management services for assisted living, retirement and memory care communities throughout North America. As a national leader in senior housing, Sunwest Management's commitment to honor its senior residents is reflected in its mission: Caring people serving residents to enhance their quality of life. To contact Sunwest Management, call (503) 375-9016 or visit its web site at http://www.SunwestManagement.com

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