Mt. Vernon Register-News

February 13, 2013

Past nursing home owner faces $28 million verdict


Associated Press

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URBANA (AP) — A jury has awarded just more than $28 million in damages against the former owner of an Illinois nursing home. Jurors found the facility provided poor to non-existent care to Medicare and Medicaid patients and filed false claims.

The jury in federal Court in Urbana reached a verdict Feb. 8 against Jacob Graff of Beverly Hills, Calif.

Jurors found some patients at Momence (moh-MENSS) Meadows Nursing Center in Momence weren't given medicine or other care.

An attorney for Graff did not respond to a request for comment. Graff sold the home in 2006.

Two nurses working at the home filed the 2004 lawsuit.

Matt Farmer is their attorney. He expects the verdict will be appealed and says the damages could be negotiated down.

The home's current owners were not implicated.