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Administrator of senior living facility arrested for financial exploitation

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An administrator at an assisted senior living facility in South Florida is accused of financial exploitation.

Investigators said the victim, who is now deceased, was a disabled man who once lived at the facility. They said the elderly man was being exploited for a year after he was transported from Anguilla Cay Senior Living to a nursing home.

“It's the best facility I've ever lived in,” Charles Duckett said.

Duckett has spent the last year and three months living in Anguilla Cay Senior Living facility in Lantana.

“They put in a new elevator so we don't have to walk up and down the stairs,” Duckett said.

An arrest report shows an administrator is accused of grand theft and taking advantage of a former resident. The revelation was brought to light after someone filed a complaint last September.

Investigators with the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit with the Florida Office of Attorney General say between June 2015 to July 2016, Craig Allen Fischer illicitly received funds belonging to the victim, via electronic bank funds transfer, in the amount of $35,210.

According to the arrest report, the transactions took place while the victim, who suffered from dementia and Parkinson's, was living in another facility.

The report also states Fischer had a duty to discharge the victim but instead continued to receive funds.

A visit to Fischer’s home and his business ended without success.

As for Duckett, he said he continues to trust the people, including Fischer.

“I don't think he would do anything illegal intentionally. I know him as a man of honor,” Duckett said.

A representative with the agency for healthcare administration, which regulates assisted living facilities, said Florida law does not allow her to release information about this investigation at this time.

But I found out the agency fined Anguilla Cay $500 on January 25, 2017. The representative would not say if the two are connected.

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