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Nursing home owner indicted

Nursing home owner indicted
Posted June 27th, 2014 @ 1:43pm by WTVN Newsroom

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- A Newark man has been indicted on several charges after the Zanesville nursing home he owned was investigated for claiming they provided services that were never provided.

Steve Hitchens, 58, of Newark faces 39 charges, including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity and Medicaid fraud at Autumn Healthcare of Zanesville.

"Family members gave us permission for video surveillance which permitted us to investigate alleged instances where staff members did not provide proper medical, nutritional, or personal care," said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

DeWine says this is an ongoing grand jury process and additional indictments are possible.

The investigation began over a year ago. Last June, DeWine announced the nursing home was being shut down.

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