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AG Becerra and DA Coalition Sue Brookdale Senior Living for Illegal Discharges and Five-Star Fraud

On March 15, 2021, Attorney General Xavier Becerra and a coalition of district and city attorneys, led by Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer, sued Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. in Kern County Superior Court, alleging that Brookdale endangered residents of ten California skilled nursing facilities by failing to properly notify or prepare residents before transfers and discharges. The lawsuit also alleges that Brookdale over-reported staffing levels to the federal government, resulting in fraudulent increases to its federal star ratings for purposes of attracting potential residents. Brookdale is the nation’s largest senior living facility operator.
Read the press release.