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Focus Executives Facing 8 Felonies


Focus Executives

Facing 8 Felonies

Two executives at the company that owned the former Focus of Otsego nursing home have been charged with eight felony counts, including six of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, according to charges filed by the state Attorney General’s Office in Otsego Town Court.    The CEO of CCRN Operator, Joseph Zupnik, and another principal, Daniel Herman, were arraigned in the Fly Creek courtroom on May 31; CCRN, the name of the LLC that owned the local nursing home, has also been charged.  If a guilty plea is not agreed on by July 18, a conference will be held to determine if the case will be turned over to a grand jury.  Centers Health Care bought the facility on Phoenix Mill Road in January; Focus had purchased the Schuylkill Manor nursing home from the county in 2015.

Day Of Reckoning Set For 3 Focus Suspects

Day Of Reckoning Set

For 3 Focus Suspects

Assistant AG:  They Plead, Or He May

Seek Indictments From Grand Jury

focus_logo-ostegogreenFLY CREEK – How felony cases will go forward against three of four suspects in the Memorial Day Weekend neglect case at the Focus at Otsego nursing home may be decided Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Otsego Town Court, according to proceedings held here today.

One case, against Sarah Schuyler, 29, a certified nursing assistant, was held over until that date, when – possibly – a plea will be entered.

Two other suspects also charged with failing to provide care to a 94-year-old resident – they are Lorraine Caldwell, 54, Holland Patent, and Amanda Gus, 30, Hartwick – will also appear on the 16th, according to Assistant Attorney General Paul Clyne, who represented Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office in court.

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