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Attorneys, investgator and paralegal lauded for former nursing home owner prosecution

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George Houser

Federal prosecutors and investigators who brought a case against former Rome nursing home owner George Houser were recognized in Washington for their part in the prosecution.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Glenn D. Baker, William G. Traynor and Dahil D. Goss; Investigator Donna J. Davis and Paralegal Specialist Barbara A. McIntosh received a Director’s Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team for their investigation and prosecution of Houser for healthcare and tax fraud.

Houser was a nursing home owner who accepted $32.9 million in Medicare and Medicaid funds while his operation of the nursing homes exhibited a long-term pattern of neglect.

Evidence presented in U.S. District Court in rome showed the residents of those nursing homes went hungry and lived in abominable conditions.

After a four-week trial, Houser was found guilty of conspiring to defraud the Medicare and Georgia Medicaid programs by billing for services he did not provide in the operation of three nursing homes between 2004 and 2007. 

The court sentenced Houser to 20 years in prison.

At Houser’s sentencing, Judge Harold L. Murphy described the conditions at the nursing homes as “barbaric, inhumane and uncivilized” and commented that if he had a case alleging these same conditions in a prison, he would close that prison on Eighth Amendment grounds.

They were among the 243 members of the Department of Justice recognized by Attorney General Eric Holder and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys Director Monty Wilkinson at the 30th annual Director’s Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.