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Addiction facility operator pleads guilty to 16 felonies in sober home crackdown


Jennifer Swanson, the operator of a Loxahatchee addiction treatment facility pleaded guilty to multiple felonies as part of a sober home crackdown by the State Attorney's Office. (PBSO)
Jennifer Swanson, the operator of a Loxahatchee addiction treatment facility pleaded guilty to multiple felonies as part of a sober home crackdown by the State Attorney's Office. (PBSO)
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The operator of a Loxahatchee addiction treatment facility pleaded guilty to multiple felonies, State Attorney Dave Aronberg announced on Wednesday.

Jennifer Swanson, 59, operated the facility, as well as multiple affiliated sober homes. She has plead guilty to one count of racketeering, three counts of manslaughter, and 12 counts of patient brokering according to the State Attorney.

Investigations into Swanson began in late 2017 following allegations that Swanson and a co-owner gave illegal kickbacks and housing to patients, including to three men who died of drug overdoses.

Swanson and co-defendant Bradley Gaver were arrested in February of 2020 and were the first drug treatment providers charged with the death of someone in their care in the state.

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“These individuals exploited people in drug recovery for their own financial gain, leading to three tragic deaths of people under their care,” Aronberg said. “The Sober Homes Task Force will continue to investigate, arrest and prosecute bad actors in the drug treatment industry. We are not done.”

Swanson's plea deal includes five years in prison and an additional five years of probation. She was also ordered to pay $15,193 to the State Attorney's Office to cover the cost of the investigations.

Gaver pleaded guilty last year to nine felonies and was sentenced to two years in prison. He and Swanson are married. He filed for divorce in May, court records show.


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